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  1. Analysis of Credible Accidents for Argonaut Reactors

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    Hawley, S. C.; Kathern, R. L.; Robkin, M. A.

    1981-04-01

    Five areas of potential accidents have been evaluated for the Argonaut-UTR reactors. They are: • insertion of excess reactivity • catastrophic rearrangement of the core • explosive chemical reaction • graphite fire • fuel-handling accident. A nuclear excursion resulting from the rapid insertion of the maximum available excess reactivity would produce only 12 MWs which is insufficient to cause fuel melting even with conservative assumptions. Although precise structural rearrangement of the core would create a potential hazard, it is simply not credible to assume that such an arrangement would result from the forces of an earthquake or other catastrophic event. Even damage to the fuel from falling debris or other objects is unlikely given the normal reactor structure. An explosion from a metal-water reaction could not occur because there is no credible source of sufficient energy to initiate the reaction. A graphite fire could conceivably create some damage to the reactor but not enough to melt any fuel or initiate a metal-water reaction. The only credible accident involving offsite doses was determined to be a fuel-handling accident which, given highly conservative assumptions, would produce a whole-body dose equivalent of 2 rem from noble gas immersion and a lifetime dose equivalent commitment to the thyroid of 43 rem from radioiodines.

  2. Analysis of credible accidents for Argonaut reactors. Report for October 1980-April 1981

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    Hawley, S.C.; Kathren, R.L.; Robkin, M.A.

    1981-04-01

    Five areas of potential accidents have been evaluated for the Argonaut-UTR reactors. They are: insertion of excess reactivity, catastrophic rearrangement of the core, explosive chemical reaction, graphite fire, and a fuel-handling accident.

  3. Decommissioning process of the experimental nuclear reactor ARGOS, sited at the Technical School of Industrial Engineering in Barcelona; Proceso de desmantelamiento del reactor nuclear experimental Argos de la Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya

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    Ortega Aramburu, X.; Duch Guillen, M. A.

    2005-07-01

    The experimental nuclear reactor ARGOS, sited at the Technical School of Industrial Engineering in Barcelona, was an experimental reactor used for training purposes, from 1963 to 1977. Due to economic and administrative circumstances this facility was closed down at the end of this period and the fuel remained the fuel inside the reactor core. In 1994 the fuel was removed. The administrative licence was finally agreed with the authorities in 1998 after a long delay. The decommissioning operations began in 2001. The University dismantled, temporarily stored, checked and classified about 1200 components with a total weight of 154.4 t. The material which was declassified from the radiation protection point of view was approximately 99.9% of all the material. After presenting the final documents to the appropriate authorities the formal closing declaration was agreed in December 2003. After this date the site could be used for any purpose and it was the first case of the decommissioning of a nuclear reactor in Spain. Recently the ARGOS building have been finally demolished. (Author)

  4. Argonaute and Argonaute-Bound Small RNAs in Stem Cells

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    Lihong Zhai

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Small RNAs are essential for a variety of cellular functions. Argonaute (AGO proteins are associated with all of the different classes of small RNAs, and are indispensable in small RNA-mediated regulatory pathways. AGO proteins have been identified in various types of stem cells in diverse species from plants and animals. This review article highlights recent progress on how AGO proteins and AGO-bound small RNAs regulate the self-renewal and differentiation of distinct stem cell types, including pluripotent, germline, somatic, and cancer stem cells.

  5. Modeling and analysis of Schistosoma Argonaute protein molecular spatial conformation

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    Jianhua Zhang

    2011-08-01

    Conclusions: The information relationship between the structure and function of the Argonaute protein can be initially established with bioinformatics tools and the internet server, and this provides the theoretical basis for further clarifying the function of Schistosoma Argonaute protein.

  6. BARCELONA & Li-Fi

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    Verdú Leal, Adrián

    2016-01-01

    Project focused on the study of the possibility of introducing the Li-Fi technology in the city of Barcelona as a pioneering example of Smart City. Proyecto enfocado al estudio de la posibilidad de implantar la tecnología Li-Fi en la ciudad de Barcelona como ejemplo pionero de Smart City. Projecte enfocat a l'estudi de la possibilidad d'implantació la tecnologia Li-Fi a la ciudad de Barcelona com exemple innovador de Smart City.

  7. The Crystal Structure of Human Argonaute2

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    Schirle, Nicole T.; MacRae, Ian J. (Scripps)

    2012-07-18

    Argonaute proteins form the functional core of the RNA-induced silencing complexes that mediate RNA silencing in eukaryotes. The 2.3 angstrom resolution crystal structure of human Argonaute2 (Ago2) reveals a bilobed molecule with a central cleft for binding guide and target RNAs. Nucleotides 2 to 6 of a heterogeneous mixture of guide RNAs are positioned in an A-form conformation for base pairing with target messenger RNAs. Between nucleotides 6 and 7, there is a kink that may function in microRNA target recognition or release of sliced RNA products. Tandem tryptophan-binding pockets in the PIWI domain define a likely interaction surface for recruitment of glycine-tryptophan-182 (GW182) or other tryptophan-rich cofactors. These results will enable structure-based approaches for harnessing the untapped therapeutic potential of RNA silencing in humans.

  8. Modeling and analysis of Schistosoma Argonaute protein molecular spatial conformation

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    Jianhua Zhang; Zhigang Shang; Xiaohui Zhang; Yuntao Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To analyze the amino acid sequence composition, secondary structure, the spatial conformation of its domain and other characteristics of Argonaute protein. Methods:Bioinformatics tools and the internet server were used. Firstly, the amino acid sequence composition features of the Argonaute protein were analyzed, and the phylogenetic tree was constructed. Secondly, Argonaute protein’s distribution of secondary structure and its physicochemical properties were predicted. Lastly, the protein functional expression form of the domain group was established through the Phyre-based analysis on the spatial conformation of Argonaute protein domains. Results: 593 amino acids were encoded by Argonaute protein, the phylogenetic tree was constructed, and Argonaute protein’s distribution of secondary structure and its physicochemical properties were obtained through analysis. In addition, the functional expression form which comprised the N-terminal PAZ domain and C-terminal Piwi domain for the Argonaute protein was obtained with Phyre. Conclusions: The information relationship between the structure and function of the Argonaute protein can be initially established with bioinformatics tools and the internet server, and this provides the theoretical basis for further clarifying the function of Schistosoma Argonaute protein.

  9. Reactors

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    1988-01-01

    This standard applies to the following types of reactors: shunt reactors, current-limiting reactors including neutral-earthing reactors, damping reactors, tuning (filter) reactors, earthing transformers (neutral couplers), arc-suppression reactors, smoothing reactors, with the exception of the following reactors: small reactors with a rating generally less than 2 kvar single-phase and 10 kvar three-phase, reactors for special purposes such as high-frequency line traps or reactors mounted on rolling stock.

  10. Saalivalvurid varastavad ka Barcelonas

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    2000-01-01

    Hispaania politsei tabas Barcelona Arheoloogiamuuseumi saalivalvuri Manuel Gasca, kes varastas muuseumi hoidlaist umbes 35 miljoni Eesti krooni ulatuses vana-egiptuse, foiniikia, etruski ja vana-rooma arheoloogilisi leide (mündid, keraamika, skulptuur jt.) ning itaalia graafiku Giambattista Piranesi 150 gravüüri.

  11. Autonomous Generation and Loading of DNA Guides by Bacterial Argonaute

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    Swarts, Daan C.; Szczepaniak, Malwina; Sheng, Gang; Chandradoss, Stanley D.; Zhu, Yifan; Timmers, Elizabeth M.; Zhang, Yong; Zhao, Hongtu; Lou, Jizhong; Wang, Yanli; Joo, Chirlmin; Oost, van der John

    2017-01-01

    Several prokaryotic Argonaute proteins (pAgos) utilize small DNA guides to mediate host defense by targeting invading DNA complementary to the DNA guide. It is unknown how these DNA guides are being generated and loaded onto pAgo. Here, we demonstrate that guide-free Argonaute from Thermus thermophi

  12. Barcelona A ja B = Barcelona A and B / Inga Raukas

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    Raukas, Inga, 1967-

    2006-01-01

    Barcelona arendamisest. Herzog ja de Meuroni büroos kavandatud Foorumi näitusekeskuses 2006. a. märtsist juuni alguseni avatud näitusest "Barcelona in Progress", mis püüab haarata eduloo ajalugu ja tulevikku. Bibliograafia lk. 71

  13. Time and myth: the Argonauts in Ljubljana

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    Ana María Sánchez Tarrío

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This papers gives a breif overview of research in its initial phases, which examines, from the perspective of the construction of national identity, the traditional theme of the enduring and timeless nature of Classical myths and in particular the ancient myth, which is the subject of Borges’s sharp irony in his short-story “The immortal”. The reception of the Argonauts myth in Slovenian culture, initiated by the work of Janez Vajkard or Johann Weichard Freiherr von Valvasor (1641–1693, offers a significant case-study, which also highlights the relevance of Humanist and Baroque culture in the critical history of European nationalism. Writing before the emergence in Europe of the Hegelian conception of “Volkgeist”, the polymath writer applied a humanistic approach to patriotic themes, revealing Slovene culture, hybrid from its origins, to the wider world. A characteristic feature of his approach was the fusion of earlier textual tradition with contemporary oral material. Both in Slovenia and in the rest of Europe the comparison of the nineteenth century treatment of material dealing with national identity with its earlier treatment and transmission by humanist writers highlights the importance of the 16th and 17th centuries in the configuration of the different national faces of Europe as well as the significant role of common Greek and Latin roots. As a result, the myth of the Argonauts in Ljubljana, against the backdrop of idealistic or essentialist nationalist faiths, has the not inconsiderable virtue of underscoring the contaminatio that is characteristic of the construction of national identity.

  14. @City: technologising Barcelona

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    Rojas, Jesús

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available This article is about the concept of the contemporary city - the influence that technology has when one thinks about, plans and lives in a city. The conjunction of technology and city reformulates customs and social practices; it can even determine the way one constitutes one's own identity. One can see how close the relation is between technology (specifically, TICS and the structures of the city in a wide variety of situations: in social interactions on the street, in transport, and in ways of buying, of working and entertainment. "@City" is a concept that very well reflects the emergent properties of a current city, that is, the coexistence of a physical and a virtual urban space. The "22@Barcelona" project attempts to bring together different types of spaces. By combining the physical with the virtual, 22@Barcelona, as a neighborhood of @City, creates an uncertain and blurred border between both spaces.The article also examines the impact that these spaces have on the psycho-social processes involved in the daily life of a traditionally working-class neighborhood, now strongly limited by technological boundaries.

  15. @City: technologising Barcelona

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    Jesús Rojas

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available This article is about the concept of the contemporary city - the influence that technology has when one thinks about, plans and lives in a city. The conjunction of  technology and city reformulates customs and social practices; it can even determine the way one constitutes one's own identity. One can see how close the relation is between technology (specifically, TICS and the structures of the city in a wide variety of situations: in social interactions on the street, in transport, and in ways of buying, of working and entertainment. "@City" is a concept that very well reflects  the emergent properties of a current city, that is, the coexistence of a physical and a virtual urban space. The "22@Barcelona" project attempts to bring together different types of spaces. By combining the physical with the virtual, 22@Barcelona, as a neighborhood of @City,  creates an uncertain and blurred border between both spaces.The article also examines the impact that these spaces have on the psycho-social processes involved in the daily life of a traditionally working-class neighborhood, now strongly limited by technological boundaries.

  16. Paralympics--Barcelona 1992.

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    Reynolds, J; Stirk, A; Thomas, A; Geary, F

    1994-03-01

    The British Team at the 9th Paralympic Games in September 1992 in Barcelona comprised 151 men and 54 women athletes in a total of 15 sports. They were supported by a staff of 86 including a 12-strong medical team. The athletes were selected from the National Championships of the five disability organizations: British Wheelchair Sports Federation; British Blind Sport; Cerebral Palsy Sport; British Amputee Sports Association; and the British Les Autres Sports Association. This article outlines the organization and experience of the medical support team. The injury/illness profile was similar to those in able bodied sport. The team went on to achieve 40 gold, 47 silver and 41 bronze medals, maintaining third place on the medal table as achieved in Seoul in 1988.

  17. Characterization of Argonaute family members in the silkworm, Bombyx mori

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    Gen-Hong Wang; Liang Jiang; Li Zhu; Ting-Cai Cheng; Wei-Huan Niu; Ya-Fei Yan; Qing-You Xia

    2013-01-01

    The Argonaute protein family is a highly conserved group of proteins,which have been implicated in RNA silencing in both plants and animals.Here,four members of the Argonaute family were systemically identified based on the genome sequence of Bombyx mori.Based on their sequence similarity,BmAgo1 and BmAgo2 belong to the Ago subfamily,while BmAgo3 and BmPiwi are in the Piwi subfamily.Phylogenetic analysis reveals that silkworm Argonaute family members are conserved in insects.Conserved amino acid residues involved in recognition of the 5' end of the small RNA guide strand and of the conserved(aspartate,aspartate and histidine [DDH])motif present in their PIWI domains suggest that these four Argonaute family members may have conserved slicer activities.The results of microarray expression analysis show that there is a low expression level for B.mori Argonaute family members in different tissues and different developmental stages,except for BmPiwi.All four B.mori Argonaute family members are upregulated upon infection with B.mori nucleopolyhedrovirus.The complete coding sequence of BmPiwi,the homolog of Drosophila piwi,was cloned and its expression occurred mainly in the area where spermatogonia and spermatocytes appear.Our results provide an overview of the B.mori Argonaute family members and suggest that they may have multiple roles.In addition,this is also the first report,to our knowledge,of the response of RNA silencing machinery to DNA virus infection in insects.

  18. Domain motions of Argonaute, the catalytic engine of RNA interference

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    Wall Michael E

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Argonaute protein is the core component of the RNA-induced silencing complex, playing the central role of cleaving the mRNA target. Visual inspection of static crystal structures already has enabled researchers to suggest conformational changes of Argonaute that might occur during RNA interference. We have taken the next step by performing an all-atom normal mode analysis of the Pyrococcus furiosus and Aquifex aeolicus Argonaute crystal structures, allowing us to quantitatively assess the feasibility of these conformational changes. To perform the analysis, we begin with the energy-minimized X-ray structures. Normal modes are then calculated using an all-atom molecular mechanics force field. Results The analysis reveals low-frequency vibrations that facilitate the accommodation of RNA duplexes – an essential step in target recognition. The Pyrococcus furiosus and Aquifex aeolicus Argonaute proteins both exhibit low-frequency torsion and hinge motions; however, differences in the overall architecture of the proteins cause the detailed dynamics to be significantly different. Conclusion Overall, low-frequency vibrations of Argonaute are consistent with mechanisms within the current reaction cycle model for RNA interference.

  19. Argonaute of the archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus is a DNA-guided nuclease that targets cognate DNA

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    Swarts, D.C.; Hegge, J.W.; Hinojo, Ismael; Shiimori, Masami; Ellis, Michael A.; Dumrongkulraksa, Justin; Terns, Rebecca M.; Terns, Michael P.; Oost, Van Der John

    2015-01-01

    Functions of prokaryotic Argonautes (pAgo) have long remained elusive. Recently, Argonautes of the bacteria Rhodobacter sphaeroides and Thermus thermophilus were demonstrated to be involved in host defense. The Argonaute of the archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus (PfAgo) belongs to a different branch in

  20. 2015 Barcelona Asteroid Day

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    Gritsevich, Maria; Palme, Herbert

    2017-01-01

    This volume is a compilation of the research presented at the International Asteroid Day workshop which was celebrated at Barcelona on June 30th, 2015. The proceedings discuss the beginning of a new era in the study and exploration of the solar system’s minor bodies. International Asteroid Day commemorates the Tunguska event of June 30th, 1908. The workshop’s goal was to promote the importance of dealing proactively with impact hazards from space. Multidisciplinary experts contributed to this discussion by describing the nature of comets and asteroids along with their offspring, meteoroids. New missions to return material samples of asteroids back to Earth such as Osiris-REx and Hayabusa 2, as well as projects like AIM and DART which will test impact deflection techniques for Potentially Hazardous Asteroids encounters were also covered. The proceedings include both an outreach level to popularize impact hazards and a scientific character which covers the latest knowledge on these topics, as well as offeri...

  1. Nuevo estadio, en Barcelona

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    Soteras Mauri, J.

    1959-07-01

    Full Text Available El fútbol, en su paso de deporte a espectáculo deportivo, ha traído, como consecuencia, un mayor arrastre de las masas hacia' los recintos de juego. Debido a ello, todos los clubs españoles se han visto en la necesidad de ampliar o construir de nuevo sus instalaciones deportivas para poder albergar a esta ingente riada de espectadores. El Club de Fútbol Barcelona ha terminado recientemente la primera fase de su nuevo estadio con un aforo provisional de noventa mil espectadores y que, cuando esté acabado, tendrá capacidad para ciento cincuenta mil; o sea: será uno de los mayores del mundo. El proyecto ha sido estudiado minuciosamente, no sólo en esencia, sino en potencia, ya que el nuevo estadio Gamper se ha incorporado a la panorámica de la ciudad como uno de sus elementos característicos por razón de su masa, aislamiento y singularidad.

  2. NEWS: GIREP in Barcelona

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    Dobson, Ken

    2000-11-01

    The 18th biannual conference of GIREP was held in Barcelona from 27 August to 1 September 2000. GIREP stands for Groupe International de Recherche sur l'Enseignement de la Physique. Some 400 delegates from 53 countries attended the conference, whose main concern was Physics Teacher Education beyond 2000. All contributions had to made in English. A conference like this needs to be singularly interesting to keep delegates away from the sunsoaked attractions and delights of one of the most exciting cities in the world - even if some of the excitement comes from wondering whether or not you are going to get your pocket picked. A typical conference day begins with two or three plenary lectures in the morning, with the afternoon given over to a set of nine parallel sessions. These sessions consisted of tightly timetabled 20 minute talks or other types of presentation. This meant that even the most dedicated delegate could get to little more than 10% of the over 200 sessions that were on offer in the afternoons. The event was organized by Catalonian locals working at the conference site, the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and was superbly smooth. The list of organizations supporting the conference is too long to record, but ranged from the European Commission to Barcelona Science Museum. The UK can boast (if that is the right word) just 11 paid-up members of GIREP, which at about £10 per annum is hardly an expensive club - next year it goes up to 20 Euros - and the fee is worth it for the excellently produced book or CD-ROM of the conference proceedings. These contain a great deal of wisdom, plus the fair amount of infuriating rubbish that tends to be generated by educational research. I write here with all the prejudices of an aged ex-teacher, of course. The first morning lecture was given by Jon Ogborn, who used his recent work as organizer of the IoP post-16 Initiative to give some details of the Advancing Physics AS and A2 and make some general points about

  3. Barcelona com a ciutat-marca

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    Campàs Moya, Marta

    2016-01-01

    Com afecten els fets històrics i les campanyes de comunicació a la imatge de marca de Barcelona? ¿Cómo afectan los hechos históricos y las campañas de comunicación a la imagen de marca de Barcelona? How do historical facts and marketing campaigns affect to our perfeption of Barcelona?

  4. Vaikne torm Barcelonas / Katrin Koov

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    Koov, Katrin, 1973-

    2009-01-01

    2008. a. sügisel Barcelonas toimunud 5. Euroopa maastikuarhitektuuri biennaalist "Torm ja tung", sümpoosionist. Rosa Barba nimelise võistluse peaauhinna võitis Kristine Jenseni büroo Taanist projektiga "Nicolai". Auhinnavõistlusel ja valitud tööde näitusel esindas Eestit Tallinna Harju tänava park

  5. Identification and characterization of Argonaute gene family and meiosis-enriched Argonaute during sporogenesis in maize

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    Zuxin Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Argonaute (AGO) proteins play a key role in regulation of gene expression through smal RNA‐directed RNA cleavage and translational repression, and are essential for multiple developmental processes. In the present study, 17 AGO genes of maize (Zea mays L., ZmAGOs) were identified using a Hidden Markov Model and validated by rapid amplifica-tion of cDNA ends assay. Subsequently, quantitative PCR revealed that expressions of these genes were higher in reproductive than in vegetative tissues. AGOs presented five temporal and spatial expression patterns, which were likely modulated by DNA methylation, 50‐untranslated exons and microRNA‐mediated feedback loops. Intriguingly, ZmAGO18b was highly expressed in tassels during meiosis. Furthermore, in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence showed that ZmA- GO18b was enriched in the tapetum and germ cel s in meiotic anthers. We hypothesized that ZmAGOs are highly expressed in reproductive tissues, and that ZmAGO18b is a tapetum and germ cel‐specific member of the AGO family in maize.

  6. Autonomous Generation and Loading of DNA Guides by Bacterial Argonaute.

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    Swarts, Daan C; Szczepaniak, Malwina; Sheng, Gang; Chandradoss, Stanley D; Zhu, Yifan; Timmers, Elizabeth M; Zhang, Yong; Zhao, Hongtu; Lou, Jizhong; Wang, Yanli; Joo, Chirlmin; van der Oost, John

    2017-03-16

    Several prokaryotic Argonaute proteins (pAgos) utilize small DNA guides to mediate host defense by targeting invading DNA complementary to the DNA guide. It is unknown how these DNA guides are being generated and loaded onto pAgo. Here, we demonstrate that guide-free Argonaute from Thermus thermophilus (TtAgo) can degrade double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), thereby generating small dsDNA fragments that subsequently are loaded onto TtAgo. Combining single-molecule fluorescence, molecular dynamic simulations, and structural studies, we show that TtAgo loads dsDNA molecules with a preference toward a deoxyguanosine on the passenger strand at the position opposite to the 5' end of the guide strand. This explains why in vivo TtAgo is preferentially loaded with guides with a 5' end deoxycytidine. Our data demonstrate that TtAgo can independently generate and selectively load functional DNA guides.

  7. ATLAS Overview Week 2009 Barcelona

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    Claudia Marcelloni

    2009-01-01

    From October 5th to October 9th about 400 physicists from the ATLAS Collaboration met in Barcelona (Catalonia) to discuss the status of the experiment. The event was organized by the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE), a member of the ATLAS Collaboration. Besides the Scientific program, few social events were organized, such as Reception at the Palau de Pedralbes, a visit to the Fundacio Joan Miro and a social dinner at Maremagnunm hall.

  8. Marking Space and Making Place in Barcelona

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    Hau, Mark Friis

    2016-01-01

    ideas of nation and state are encountered and contested in Barcelona through activists’ spatial engagements, exploring how the city, the nation, and the political are connected in Catalonia. The position of Barcelona in activists’ narratives as both ‘less Catalan’ and as the undeniable capital...... and temporary markings such as flags or graffiti, reinforce actors’ perceptions of Barcelona as a Catalan city. Rather than the city being a static backdrop, specific elements are foregrounded and made distinctive through activists’ efforts to inhabit Barcelona in a Catalan way....

  9. Isolation of carrot Argonaute1 from subtractive somatic embryogenesis cDNA library.

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    Takahata, Kiminori

    2008-03-01

    Carrot Argonaute1 (C-Ago1) was isolated from a subtractive cDNA library to obtain somatic embryogenesis related genes. C-Ago1 has three conserved domains, which are found in all other Argonautes. C-Ago1 has specific expression during somatic embryogenesis, which indicates that microRNA gene expression controlling system is required for somatic embryogenesis.

  10. de Barcelona 1986-2001

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    Isabel Pujadas Rúbies

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El curso de vida de los hogares y de las personas van acompañados de cambios residenciales cada vez más frecuentes en las grandes áreas metropolitanas. Este artículo toma la Región Metropolitana de Barcelona como ejemplo para describir cómo los cambios sociodemográficos en los últimos decenios y los procesos de movilidad residencial inciden en la formación de un modelo territorial de los distintos tipos de hogares en las regiones metropolitanas.

  11. Effects of Argonaute on Gene Expression in Thermus thermophilus.

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    Daan C Swarts

    Full Text Available Eukaryotic Argonaute proteins mediate RNA-guided RNA interference, allowing both regulation of host gene expression and defense against invading mobile genetic elements. Recently, it has become evident that prokaryotic Argonaute homologs mediate DNA-guided DNA interference, and play a role in host defense. Argonaute of the bacterium Thermus thermophilus (TtAgo targets invading plasmid DNA during and after transformation. Using small interfering DNA guides, TtAgo can cleave single and double stranded DNAs. Although TtAgo additionally has been demonstrated to cleave RNA targets complementary to its DNA guide in vitro, RNA targeting by TtAgo has not been demonstrated in vivo.To investigate if TtAgo also has the potential to control RNA levels, we analyzed RNA-seq data derived from cultures of four T. thermophilus strain HB27 variants: wild type, TtAgo knockout (Δago, and either strain transformed with a plasmid. Additionally we determined the effect of TtAgo on expression of plasmid-encoded RNA and plasmid DNA levels.In the absence of exogenous DNA (plasmid, TtAgo presence or absence had no effect on gene expression levels. When plasmid DNA is present, TtAgo reduces plasmid DNA levels 4-fold, and a corresponding reduction of plasmid gene transcript levels was observed. We therefore conclude that TtAgo interferes with plasmid DNA, but not with plasmid-encoded RNA. Interestingly, TtAgo presence stimulates expression of specific endogenous genes, but only when exogenous plasmid DNA was present. Specifically, the presence of TtAgo directly or indirectly stimulates expression of CRISPR loci and associated genes, some of which are involved in CRISPR adaptation. This suggests that TtAgo-mediated interference with plasmid DNA stimulates CRISPR adaptation.

  12. Reactor

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    Evans, Robert M.

    1976-10-05

    1. A neutronic reactor having a moderator, coolant tubes traversing the moderator from an inlet end to an outlet end, bodies of material fissionable by neutrons of thermal energy disposed within the coolant tubes, and means for circulating water through said coolant tubes characterized by the improved construction wherein the coolant tubes are constructed of aluminum having an outer diameter of 1.729 inches and a wall thickness of 0.059 inch, and the means for circulating a liquid coolant through the tubes includes a source of water at a pressure of approximately 350 pounds per square inch connected to the inlet end of the tubes, and said construction including a pressure reducing orifice disposed at the inlet ends of the tubes reducing the pressure of the water by approximately 150 pounds per square inch.

  13. Slicing-independent RISC activation requires the argonaute PAZ domain.

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    Gu, Shuo; Jin, Lan; Huang, Yong; Zhang, Feijie; Kay, Mark A

    2012-08-21

    Small RNAs regulate genetic networks through a ribonucleoprotein complex called the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC), which, in mammals, contains at its center one of four Argonaute proteins (Ago1-Ago4). A key regulatory event in the RNA interference (RNAi) and microRNA (miRNA) pathways is Ago loading, wherein double-stranded small-RNA duplexes are incorporated into RISC (pre-RISC) and then become single-stranded (mature RISC), a process that is not well understood. The Agos contain an evolutionarily conserved PAZ (Piwi/Argonaute/Zwille) domain whose primary function is to bind the 3' end of small RNAs. We created multiple PAZ-domain-disrupted mutant Ago proteins and studied their biochemical properties and biological functionality in cells. We found that the PAZ domain is dispensable for Ago loading of slicing-competent RISC. In contrast, in the absence of slicer activity or slicer-substrate duplex RNAs, PAZ-disrupted Agos bound duplex small interfering RNAs, but were unable to unwind or eject the passenger strand and form functional RISC complexes. We have discovered that the highly conserved PAZ domain plays an important role in RISC activation, providing new mechanistic insights into how miRNAs regulate genes, as well as new insights for future design of miRNA- and RNAi-based therapeutics.

  14. A multitasking Argonaute: exploring the many facets of C. elegans CSR-1.

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    Wedeles, Christopher J; Wu, Monica Z; Claycomb, Julie M

    2013-12-01

    While initial studies of small RNA-mediated gene regulatory pathways focused on the cytoplasmic functions of such pathways, identifying roles for Argonaute/small RNA pathways in modulating chromatin and organizing the genome has become a topic of intense research in recent years. Nuclear regulatory mechanisms for Argonaute/small RNA pathways appear to be widespread, in organisms ranging from plants to fission yeast, Caenorhabditis elegans to humans. As the effectors of small RNA-mediated gene regulatory pathways, Argonaute proteins guide the chromatin-directed activities of these pathways. Of particular interest is the C. elegans Argonaute, chromosome segregation and RNAi deficient (CSR-1), which has been implicated in such diverse functions as organizing the holocentromeres of worm chromosomes, modulating germline chromatin, protecting the genome from foreign nucleic acid, regulating histone levels, executing RNAi, and inhibiting translation in conjunction with Pumilio proteins. CSR-1 interacts with small RNAs known as 22G-RNAs, which have complementarity to 25 % of the protein coding genes. This peculiar Argonaute is the only essential C. elegans Argonaute out of 24 family members in total. Here, we summarize the current understanding of CSR-1 functions in the worm, with emphasis on the chromatin-directed activities of this ever-intriguing Argonaute.

  15. Argonaute 2 Suppresses Japanese Encephalitis Virus Infection in Aedes aegypti.

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    Sasaki, Toshinori; Kuwata, Ryusei; Hoshino, Keita; Isawa, Haruhiko; Sawabe, Kyoko; Kobayashi, Mutsuo

    2017-01-24

    There are three main innate immune mechanisms against viruses in mosquitoes. Infection with the flavivirus dengue virus is controlled by RNA interference (RNAi) and the JAK-STAT and Toll signaling pathways. This study showed that another flavivirus, Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), did not invade the salivary glands of Aedes aegypti and that this may be a result of the innate immune resistance to the virus. Argonaute 2 (Ago2) plays a critical role in the RNAi pathway. To understand the mechanism of JEV resistance, we focused on Ago2 as a possible target of JEV. Here, we show that the expression of MyD88 (a mediator of Toll signaling) and Ago2 mRNAs was induced by JEV in the salivary glands of Ae. aegypti mosquitoes and that Ago2, JAK, and domeless (DOME) mRNAs were induced by JEV in the bodies of Ae. aegypti mosquitoes. Double-stranded (ds) Ago2 RNA enhanced JEV infection, and the virus was detected in salivary glands by immunofluorescence assay. In contrast, MyD88 dsRNA had no effect on JEV infection. These data suggest that Ago2 plays a crucial role in mediating the innate immune response of Ae. aegypti to JEV in a manner similar to that employed by dengue virus.

  16. The influence of Argonaute proteins on alternative RNA splicing.

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    Batsché, Eric; Ameyar-Zazoua, Maya

    2015-01-01

    Alternative splicing of precursor RNAs is an important process in multicellular species because it impacts several aspects of gene expression: from the increase of protein repertoire to the level of expression. A large body of evidences demonstrates that factors regulating chromatin and transcription impact the outcomes of alternative splicing. Argonaute (AGO) proteins were known to play key roles in the regulation of gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. More recently, their role in the nucleus of human somatic cells has emerged. Here, we will discuss some of the nuclear functions of AGO, with special emphasis on alternative splicing. The AGO-mediated modulation of alternative splicing is based on several properties of these proteins: their binding to transcripts on chromatin and their interactions with many proteins, especially histone tail-modifying enzymes, HP1γ and splicing factors. AGO proteins may favor a decrease in the RNA-polymerase II kinetics at actively transcribed genes leading to the modulation of alternative splicing decisions. They could also influence alternative splicing through their interaction with core components of the splicing machinery and several splicing factors. We will discuss the modes of AGO recruitment on chromatin at active genes. We suggest that long intragenic antisense transcripts (lincRNA) might be an important feature of genes containing splicing events regulated by AGO.

  17. SUMOylation of Argonaute-2 regulates RNA interference activity

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    Josa-Prado, Fernando; Henley, Jeremy M.; Wilkinson, Kevin A.

    2015-01-01

    Post-translational modification of substrate proteins by small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) regulates a vast array of cellular processes. SUMOylation occurs through three sequential enzymatic steps termed E1, E2 and E3. Substrate selection can be determined through interactions between the target protein and the SUMO E2 conjugating enzyme Ubc9 and specificity can be enhanced by substrate interactions with E3 ligase enzymes. We used the putative substrate recognition (PINIT) domain from the SUMO E3 PIAS3 as bait to identify potential SUMO substrates. One protein identified was Argonaute-2 (Ago2), which mediates RNA-induced gene silencing through binding small RNAs and promoting degradation of complimentary target mRNAs. We show that Ago2 can be SUMOylated in mammalian cells by both SUMO1 and SUMO2. SUMOylation occurs primarily at K402, and mutation of the SUMO consensus site surrounding this lysine reduces Ago2-mediated siRNA-induced silencing in a luciferase-based reporter assay. These results identify SUMOylation as a potential regulator of Ago2 activity and open new avenues for research into the mechanisms underlying the regulation of RNA-induced gene silencing. PMID:26188511

  18. Phylogenetic analysis of the Argonaute protein family in platyhelminths.

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    Zheng, Yadong

    2013-03-01

    Argonaute proteins (AGOs) are mediators of gene silencing via recruitment of small regulatory RNAs to induce translational regression or degradation of targeted molecules. Platyhelminths have been reported to express microRNAs but the diversity of AGOs in the phylum has not been explored. Phylogenetic relationships of members of this protein family were studied using data from six platyhelminth genomes. Phylogenetic analysis showed that all cestode and trematode AGOs, along with some triclad planarian AGOs, were grouped into the Ago subfamily and its novel sister clade, here referred to as Cluster 1. These were very distant from Piwi and Class 3 subfamilies. By contrast, a number of planarian Piwi-like AGOs formed a novel sister clade to the Piwi subfamily. Extensive sequence searching revealed the presence of an additional locus for AGO2 in the cestode Echinococcus granulosus and exon expansion in this species and E. multilocularis. The current study suggests the absence of the Piwi subfamily and Class 3 AGOs in cestodes and trematodes and the Piwi-like AGO expansion in a free-living triclad planarian and the occurrence of exon expansion prior to or during the evolution of the most-recent common ancestor of the Echinococcus species studied.

  19. Variation and Evolution in the Glutamine-Rich Repeat Region of Drosophila Argonaute-2.

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    Palmer, William H; Obbard, Darren J

    2016-01-01

    RNA interference pathways mediate biological processes through Argonaute-family proteins, which bind small RNAs as guides to silence complementary target nucleic acids . In insects and crustaceans Argonaute-2 silences viral nucleic acids, and therefore acts as a primary effector of innate antiviral immunity. Although the function of the major Argonaute-2 domains, which are conserved across most Argonaute-family proteins, are known, many invertebrate Argonaute-2 homologs contain a glutamine-rich repeat (GRR) region of unknown function at the N-terminus . Here we combine long-read amplicon sequencing of Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) lines with publicly available sequence data from many insect species to show that this region evolves extremely rapidly and is hyper-variable within species. We identify distinct GRR haplotype groups in Drosophila melanogaster, and suggest that one of these haplotype groups has recently risen to high frequency in a North American population. Finally, we use published data from genome-wide association studies of viral resistance in D. melanogaster to test whether GRR haplotypes are associated with survival after virus challenge. We find a marginally significant association with survival after challenge with Drosophila C Virus in the DGRP, but we were unable to replicate this finding using lines from the Drosophila Synthetic Population Resource panel.

  20. Extreme flash floods in Barcelona County

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    A. Barrera

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the catastrophic and extraordinary floods occurring in Barcelona County (Catalonia, NE Spain are studied, in order to characterise the temporal evolution of extreme flash floods in that area and their main features. These events usually cause economical losses and major problems for undertaking daily activity in Barcelona city. This kind of floods is a very common feature in the North-east of Spain and they are recorded every year in some point of Catalonia. This contribution also shows the frequency of those events, within the framework of all the floods that have occurred in Barcelona since the 14th century, but also describes the flooded area, urban evolution, impacts and the weather conditions for any of most severe events. The evolution of flood occurrence shows the existence of oscillations in the earlier and later modern age periods that can be attributed to climatic variability, evolution of the perception threshold and changes in vulnerability. A great increase of vulnerability can be assumed for the period 1850-1900. The analysis of the time evolution for the Barcelona rainfall series (1854-2000 shows that no trend exists, although, due to the changes in urban planning, flash-floods impact has changed over this time. The number of catastrophic flash floods has diminished, although the extraordinary ones have increased.

  1. Convergent transmission of RNAi guide-target mismatch information across Argonaute internal allosteric network.

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    Thomas T Joseph

    Full Text Available In RNA interference, a guide strand derived from a short dsRNA such as a microRNA (miRNA is loaded into Argonaute, the central protein in the RNA Induced Silencing Complex (RISC that silences messenger RNAs on a sequence-specific basis. The positions of any mismatched base pairs in an miRNA determine which Argonaute subtype is used. Subsequently, the Argonaute-guide complex binds and silences complementary target mRNAs; certain Argonautes cleave the target. Mismatches between guide strand and the target mRNA decrease cleavage efficiency. Thus, loading and silencing both require that signals about the presence of a mismatched base pair are communicated from the mismatch site to effector sites. These effector sites include the active site, to prevent target cleavage; the binding groove, to modify nucleic acid binding affinity; and surface allosteric sites, to control recruitment of additional proteins to form the RISC. To examine how such signals may be propagated, we analyzed the network of internal allosteric pathways in Argonaute exhibited through correlations of residue-residue interactions. The emerging network can be described as a set of pathways emanating from the core of the protein near the active site, distributed into the bulk of the protein, and converging upon a distributed cluster of surface residues. Nucleotides in the guide strand "seed region" have a stronger relationship with the protein than other nucleotides, concordant with their importance in sequence selectivity. Finally, any of several seed region guide-target mismatches cause certain Argonaute residues to have modified correlations with the rest of the protein. This arises from the aggregation of relatively small interaction correlation changes distributed across a large subset of residues. These residues are in effector sites: the active site, binding groove, and surface, implying that direct functional consequences of guide-target mismatches are mediated through the

  2. Convergent Transmission of RNAi Guide-Target Mismatch Information across Argonaute Internal Allosteric Network

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    Joseph, Thomas T.; Osman, Roman

    2012-01-01

    In RNA interference, a guide strand derived from a short dsRNA such as a microRNA (miRNA) is loaded into Argonaute, the central protein in the RNA Induced Silencing Complex (RISC) that silences messenger RNAs on a sequence-specific basis. The positions of any mismatched base pairs in an miRNA determine which Argonaute subtype is used. Subsequently, the Argonaute-guide complex binds and silences complementary target mRNAs; certain Argonautes cleave the target. Mismatches between guide strand and the target mRNA decrease cleavage efficiency. Thus, loading and silencing both require that signals about the presence of a mismatched base pair are communicated from the mismatch site to effector sites. These effector sites include the active site, to prevent target cleavage; the binding groove, to modify nucleic acid binding affinity; and surface allosteric sites, to control recruitment of additional proteins to form the RISC. To examine how such signals may be propagated, we analyzed the network of internal allosteric pathways in Argonaute exhibited through correlations of residue-residue interactions. The emerging network can be described as a set of pathways emanating from the core of the protein near the active site, distributed into the bulk of the protein, and converging upon a distributed cluster of surface residues. Nucleotides in the guide strand “seed region” have a stronger relationship with the protein than other nucleotides, concordant with their importance in sequence selectivity. Finally, any of several seed region guide-target mismatches cause certain Argonaute residues to have modified correlations with the rest of the protein. This arises from the aggregation of relatively small interaction correlation changes distributed across a large subset of residues. These residues are in effector sites: the active site, binding groove, and surface, implying that direct functional consequences of guide-target mismatches are mediated through the cumulative

  3. Evaluation of performance of Son Tek Argonaut acoustic doppler velocity log in tow tank and sea

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    Joseph, A.; Madhan, R.; Mascarenhas, A.A.M.Q.; Desai, R.G.P.; VijayKumar, K.; Dias, M.; Tengali, S.; Methar, A.

    stream_size 22108 stream_content_type text/plain stream_name Proc_Sympol_2003_1.pdf.txt stream_source_info Proc_Sympol_2003_1.pdf.txt Content-Encoding UTF-8 Content-Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Evaluation... was not affected by flow disturbances in its vicinity. 2. Description Performance evaluation experiments were conducted on a hull-mountable downward-looking three-beam Sontek Argonaut acoustic DVL (Model: Argonaut type DL; serial # N60). Fig. 1 Support...

  4. La espada de la catedral de Barcelona

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    Cirlot, Juan Eduardo

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    EN Barcelona se conserva una de las espadas más bellas del mundo. Perteneció a Pedro, condestable de Portugal, Rey de Aragón y conde de Cataluña durante unos pocos años, como resultado de sus propios problemas y aventurosa existencia, y como resultado también de la contienda de los catalanes con Juan II de Aragón. La belleza de la espada de Barcelona reside en la originalidad de su forma, tanto en la guarda de hierro cincelado como en la hoja, en el matiz dorado viejo que la recubre por entero, en sus proporciones admirables y en las calidades de su materia.

  5. Barcelona - Talent Latent 09 / Ahto Sooaru

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    Sooaru, Ahto

    2010-01-01

    Fotonäitusest "Talent Latent 09" Barcelonas Arts Santa Monica kunstikeskuses. Loetletud näitusel eksponeeritud fotode autorid. Pikemalt Rafael Milach'i (sünd. 1978), Lucia Ganieva, Javier Marquerie Thomas'i (sünd. 1986), Amaury da Cunha (sünd. 1976) töödest. Lühidalt ka teistest näitustest Arts Santa Monica kunstikeskuses

  6. Nueva terminal del aeropuerto de Barcelona

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    Bofill, Ricardo

    1992-02-01

    Full Text Available The lack of integral and modernized design and the saturation of the Barcelona Airport made the remodelling of the old terminal building necessary. The old building elements conditioned the lineal solution in the remodelling. An elevated street forms the backbone of the building which, like the Ramblas in Barcelona, has shops, news stands, etc. Other new elements are the pre-boarding modules and the International terminal. The former have a glazed gallery in their perimeter: a transparent division which allows the separation of the arrival and departure flows. The new terminal rests on four large columns and has double glazing in the entire perimeter

    Ante la saturación y falta de diseño unitario y actualizado del Aeropuerto de Barcelona se aborda la remodelación del antiguo edificio terminal. La situación de los antiguos elementos de edificación, condiciona la solución lineal de la misma. Una calle elevada es la espina dorsal del edificio que al modo de las Ramblas de Barcelona ofrecen comercios, kioscos, etc. Los otros nuevos elementos de edificación son los módulos de preembarque y la terminal de Internacional. Los primeros tienen una galería acristalada en su perímetro: una división transparente que permite separar los flujos de llegadas y salidas. La nueva terminal, se apoya sobre cuatro grandes columnas, y está dotada de un doble acristalamiento en todo su perímetro.

  7. Evaluation of performance of Son Tek Argonaut acoustic doppler velocity log in tow tank and sea

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    Joseph, A; Madhan, R.; Mascarenhas, A.A; Desai, R.G.P.; VijayKumar, K.; Dias, M.; Tengali, S.; Methar, A

    Performance of a 500-kHz, 3-beam downward-looking Sontex Argonaut acoustic Doppler velocity log (DVL) based on measurements at tow-tank and sea is addressed. Its accuracy and linearity under tow-tank measurements were largely scattered...

  8. Urban fashion policies: lessons from the Barcelona catwalks

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    2009-01-01

    Since at least a decade, Barcelona is on the world map of fashion: Antonio Mirò, Mango, Desigual, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada are famous Barcelona-based stylists teaming up with other large Spanish fashion firms, like Zara, and commercial outlets, like El Corte Ingles, to attract a large interest on local fashion and fashion-based events. Thus, Barcelona has become a straightforward “shopping destination” for millions of international visitors, developing a shopping-related image, various special...

  9. El baile de Boves en Barcelona

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    S. T. Forzán Dagger

    1964-11-01

    Full Text Available Al estudiar la historia de la emancipación venezolana, vemos que la ciudad de Barcelona jugó un papel de suma importancia en la Independencia. Fue una de las capitales que soportó con verdadero heroísmo las crueldades y exacciones de que fue víctima en diferentes ocasiones por parte de las tropas realistas al mando de los jefes sanguinarios que asolaban a las poblaciones venezolanas, olvidando los más elementales principios del derecho de gentes.

  10. Esclaus i lliberts orientals a Barcelona, s. XIV-XV

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    De l'esclavitud a la llibertat. Esclaus i lliberts al Mediterrani medieval. Col·loqui internacional (Barcelona, 27-29 mayo 1999), M.T. Ferrer i Mallol- J. Mutgé i Vives eds., Barcelona, CSIC. Institució Milà i Fontanals, 2000, pp. 167-212.

  11. Expression of human ARGONAUTE 2 inhibits endogenous microRNA activity in Arabidopsis

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    Ira eDeveson

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    Full Text Available Plant and animal microRNA (miRNA pathways share many analogous components, the ARGONAUTE (AGO proteins being foremost among them. We sought to ascertain the degree of functional conservation shared by Homo sapiens ARGONAUTE 2 (HsAGO2 and Arabidopsis thaliana ARGONAUTE 1 (AtAGO1, which are the predominant AGO family members involved with miRNA activity in their respective species. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants expressing HsAGO2 were indistinguishable from counterparts over-expressing AtAGO1, each group exhibiting the morphological and molecular hallmarks of miRNA-pathway loss-of-function alleles. However, unlike AtAGO1, HsAGO2 was unable to rescue the ago1-27 allele. We conclude that, despite the evolutionary gulf between them, HsAGO2 is likely capable of interacting with some component/s of the Arabidopsis miRNA pathway, thereby perturbing its operation, although differences have arisen such that HsAGO2 alone is insufficient to confer efficient silencing of miRNA targets in planta.

  12. Argonaute-2 regulates the proliferation of adult stem cells in planarian

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    2011-01-01

    Dear Editor,Planarian Schmidtea mediterranea has extraordinary regeneration capabilities due to the abundance of adult stem cells (ASCs) known as neoblasts,which make planarian a powerful in vivo system to study ASC biology [ 1 ].The Argonaute (AGO) family proteins are defined by the presence of Piwi-Argonaute-Zwille (PAZ)) and PIWI domains [2],and mediate silencing via cleavage of mRNAs [3] or inhibition of translation [4].The AGO family proteins fall into two subfamilies,one named after Arabidopsis Argonaute and the other after Drosophila PIWI [5].In most organisms investigated so far,PIWI proteins bind Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) and are functionally involved in the regulation of germ cells [6,7].By contrast,AGO proteins have distinct roles in the smallRNA-mediated gene silencing pathway.In Drosophila,AGO1 has been illustrated to be engaged in the miRNA pathway,while AGO2 plays an important role in the siRNA-mediated gene regulation [4].

  13. Lectures on Foliation Dynamics: Barcelona 2010

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    2011-01-01

    This survey is based on a series of five lectures, given May 3--7, 2010, at the Centre de Recerca Matematica, Barcelona. The goal of the lectures was to present aspects of the theory of foliation dynamical systems which have particular importance for the classification of foliations of compact manifolds. The lectures emphasized intuitive concepts and informal discussion, while taking the reader into topics of active research in this subject. These notes update and expand on the lectures, and include more recent progress. This article also includes an extensive set of references, as well as highlighting many open questions and problems. A set of "homework problems" is also included, one for each day of lecture.

  14. Centro Carvis Barcelona España

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    Danés Tejedor, Alberto

    1976-10-01

    Full Text Available This building has been designed for an advertising firm and was constructed on a 2,600 m2 plot, situated in an urbanization in Esplugas, near Barcelona. The project is made up of three terrace shaped levels, due to the slope of the ground, which are connected by means of patios whereby a volumetric complex is achieved that is integrated into its surrounding environment in a natural way. The structure is of reinforced concrete with standardized pillars placed in a bireticular manner whereby the construction problems were solved in an easy way. An appropriate interior decoration provides a pleasant working atmosphere.Este edificio, proyectado para albergar las instalaciones de una agencia de publicidad, fue construido en una parcela de 2.600 m2 situada en una urbanización de la localidad de Esplugas, cerca de Barcelona. La obra se desarrolló en tres niveles, comunicados visualmente mediante unos patios interiores que sirven de unión espacial entre las diferentes plantas. Estas, en las que se distribuyen convenientemente las distintas secciones que constituyen la organización, se dispusieron escalonadas para adaptarlas al desnivel del terreno, dando como resultado un conjunto volumétrico integrado de forma natural en su entorno. La estructura es de hormigón armado, con pilares normalizados en disposición birreticular, lo que permitió solucionar los problemas constructivos de forma sencilla. Una decoración apropiada y unas eficaces instalaciones ayudan a crear un ambiente de trabajo propicio y muy agradable.

  15. The pergolas of Barcelona Forum, an example of sustainable architecture; Las pergonas de Barcelona Ejemplo de arquitectura sostenible

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    The use of technologies FV in Barcelona Forum Claims the goal of reducing the greenhouse gases emission to the atmosphere. The pergolas allow reducing the emission of approximately 440 Mg/year of CO{sub 2}.

  16. Essential and overlapping functions for mammalian Argonautes in microRNA silencing

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    2009-01-01

    MicroRNA (miRNA) silencing fine-tunes protein output and regulates diverse biological processes. Argonaute (Ago) proteins are the core effectors of the miRNA pathway. In lower organisms, multiple Agos have evolved specialized functions for distinct RNA silencing pathways. However, the roles of mammalian Agos have not been well characterized. Here we show that mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells deficient for Ago1–4 are completely defective in miRNA silencing and undergo apoptosis. In miRNA silenc...

  17. Nuclear Reactors

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    1964-01-01

    This pamphlet describes how reactors work; discusses reactor design; describes research, teaching, and materials testing reactors; production reactors; reactors for electric power generation; reactors for supply heat; reactors for propulsion; reactors for space; reactor safety; and reactors of tomorrow. The appendix discusses characteristics of U.S. civilian power reactor concepts and lists some of the U.S. reactor power projects, with location, type, capacity, owner, and startup date.

  18. Overlapping functions of argonaute proteins in patterning and morphogenesis of Drosophila embryos.

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    Wibke J Meyer

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Argonaute proteins are essential components of the molecular machinery that drives RNA silencing. In Drosophila, different members of the Argonaute family of proteins have been assigned to distinct RNA silencing pathways. While Ago1 is required for microRNA function, Ago2 is a crucial component of the RNA-induced silencing complex in siRNA-triggered RNA interference. Drosophila Ago2 contains an unusual amino-terminus with two types of imperfect glutamine-rich repeats (GRRs of unknown function. Here we show that the GRRs of Ago2 are essential for the normal function of the protein. Alleles with reduced numbers of GRRs cause specific disruptions in two morphogenetic processes associated with the midblastula transition: membrane growth and microtubule-based organelle transport. These defects do not appear to result from disruption of siRNA-dependent processes but rather suggest an interference of the mutant Ago2 proteins in an Ago1-dependent pathway. Using loss-of-function alleles, we further demonstrate that Ago1 and Ago2 act in a partially redundant manner to control the expression of the segment-polarity gene wingless in the early embryo. Our findings argue against a strict separation of Ago1 and Ago2 functions and suggest that these proteins act in concert to control key steps of the midblastula transition and of segmental patterning.

  19. Argonaute-1 binds transcriptional enhancers and controls constitutive and alternative splicing in human cells

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    Alló, Mariano; Agirre, Eneritz; Bessonov, Sergey; Bertucci, Paola; Gómez Acuña, Luciana; Buggiano, Valeria; Bellora, Nicolás; Singh, Babita; Petrillo, Ezequiel; Blaustein, Matías; Miñana, Belén; Dujardin, Gwendal; Pozzi, Berta; Pelisch, Federico; Bechara, Elías; Agafonov, Dmitry E.; Srebrow, Anabella; Lührmann, Reinhard; Valcárcel, Juan; Eyras, Eduardo; Kornblihtt, Alberto R.

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    The roles of Argonaute proteins in cytoplasmic microRNA and RNAi pathways are well established. However, their implication in small RNA-mediated transcriptional gene silencing in the mammalian cell nucleus is less understood. We have recently shown that intronic siRNAs cause chromatin modifications that inhibit RNA polymerase II elongation and modulate alternative splicing in an Argonaute-1 (AGO1)-dependent manner. Here we used chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by deep sequencing (ChIP-seq) to investigate the genome-wide distribution of AGO1 nuclear targets. Unexpectedly, we found that about 80% of AGO1 clusters are associated with cell-type-specific transcriptional enhancers, most of them (73%) overlapping active enhancers. This association seems to be mediated by long, rather than short, enhancer RNAs and to be more prominent in intragenic, rather than intergenic, enhancers. Paradoxically, crossing ChIP-seq with RNA-seq data upon AGO1 depletion revealed that enhancer-bound AGO1 is not linked to the global regulation of gene transcription but to the control of constitutive and alternative splicing, which was confirmed by an individual gene analysis explaining how AGO1 controls inclusion levels of the cassette exon 107 in the SYNE2 gene. PMID:25313066

  20. Protection of germline gene expression by the C. elegans Argonaute CSR-1.

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    Wedeles, Christopher J; Wu, Monica Z; Claycomb, Julie M

    2013-12-23

    In Caenorhabditis elegans, the Piwi-interacting small RNA (piRNA)-mediated germline surveillance system encodes more than 30,000 unique 21-nucleotide piRNAs, which silence a variety of foreign nucleic acids. What mechanisms allow endogenous germline-expressed transcripts to evade silencing by the piRNA pathway? One likely candidate in a protective mechanism is the Argonaute CSR-1, which interacts with 22G-small RNAs that are antisense to nearly all germline-expressed genes. Here, we use an in vivo RNA tethering assay to demonstrate that the recruitment of CSR-1 to a transcript licenses expression of the transcript, protecting it from piRNA-mediated silencing. Licensing occurs mainly at the level of transcription, as we observe changes in pre-mRNA levels consistent with transcriptional activation when CSR-1 is tethered. Furthermore, the recruitment of CSR-1 to a previously silenced locus transcriptionally activates its expression. Together, these results demonstrate a rare positive role for an endogenous Argonaute pathway in heritably licensing and protecting germline transcripts.

  1. An Argonaute 2 Switch Regulates Circulating miR-210 to Coordinate Hypoxic Adaptation across Cells

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    Hale, Andrew; Lee, Changjin; Annis, Sofia; Min, Pil-Ki; Pande, Reena; Creager, Mark A.; Julian, Colleen G.; Moore, Lorna G.; Mitsialis, S. Alex; Hwang, Sarah J.; Kourembanas, Stella; Chan, Stephen Y.

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    Complex organisms may coordinate molecular responses to hypoxia by specialized avenues of communication across multiple tissues, but these mechanisms are poorly understood. Plasma-based, extracellular microRNAs have been described, yet, their regulation and biological functions in hypoxia remain enigmatic. We found a unique pattern of release of the hypoxia-inducible microRNA-210 (miR-210) from hypoxic and reoxygenated cells. This microRNA is also elevated in human plasma in physiologic and pathologic conditions of altered oxygen demand and delivery. Released miR-210 can be delivered to recipient cells, and its direct suppression of its direct target ISCU and mitochondrial metabolism is primarily evident in hypoxia. To regulate these hypoxia-specific actions, prolyl-hydroxylation of Argonaute 2 acts as a molecular switch that reciprocally modulates miR-210 release and intracellular activity in source cells as well as regulates intracellular activity in recipient cells after miR-210 delivery. Therefore, Argonaute 2-dependent control of released miR-210 represents a unique communication system that integrates the hypoxic response across anatomically distinct cells, preventing unnecessary activity of delivered miR-210 in normoxia while still preparing recipient tissues for incipient hypoxic stress and accelerating adaptation. PMID:24983771

  2. miRNA-target chimeras reveal miRNA 3'-end pairing as a major determinant of Argonaute target specificity

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    Moore, Michael J; Scheel, Troels K H; Luna, Joseph M;

    2015-01-01

    AGO HITS-CLIP strategy termed CLEAR (covalent ligation of endogenous Argonaute-bound RNAs)-CLIP, which enriches miRNAs ligated to their endogenous mRNA targets. CLEAR-CLIP mapped ∼130,000 endogenous miRNA-target interactions in mouse brain and ∼40,000 in human hepatoma cells. Motif and structural...

  3. Teatre, guerra i revolució : Barcelona, 1936-1939

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    Inclou el volum 2 (annex): Documentació del sindicat d'espectacles de la CNT ; Documentació del sindicat d'espectacles de la UGT ; Documentació de les institucions vinculades a la Generalitat de Catalunya ; Premis Oferim a continuació el segon volum –l’annex– de la tesi doctoral Teatre, guerra i revolució. Barcelona, 1936-1939, presentada per Francesc Foguet i Boreu a la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona el 2001 i editada, en una versió reduïda, a les Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat...

  4. Evolution of the waste water treatment plant in Abrera, Barcelona, spain; Explotacion de la ETAP de Abrera (Barcelona). Evolucion

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    1996-04-01

    The drinking water plant of ATLL in Abrera next to the Llobregat river supplies 65.000 m``3 daily to a metropolitan Barcelona area (450.000 people). Pollution diervied from urban and industrial area, uncontrolled discharges and low river flow, frequent due its geographic situation, complicate the treatment and make necessary new capital investments related with installations, distribution network, analytical instruments and remote control. In this paper we indicate the historical evolution of the plant, the current equipments and the futur plans, including the supply of new areas including the Barcelona city. (Author)

  5. Single-molecule fluorescence measurements reveal the reaction mechanisms of the core RISC, composed of human Argonaute 2 and a guide RNA.

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    Jo, Myung Hyun; Song, Ji-Joon; Hohng, Sungchul

    2015-12-01

    In eukaryotes, small RNAs play important roles in both gene regulation and resistance to viral infection. Argonaute proteins have been identified as a key component of the effector complexes of various RNA-silencing pathways, but the mechanistic roles of Argonaute proteins in these pathways are not clearly understood. To address this question, we performed single-molecule fluorescence experiments using an RNA-induced silencing complex (core-RISC) composed of a small RNA and human Argonaute 2. We found that target binding of core-RISC starts at the seed region of the guide RNA. After target binding, four distinct reactions followed: target cleavage, transient binding, stable binding, and Argonaute unloading. Target cleavage required extensive sequence complementarity and accelerated core-RISC dissociation for recycling. In contrast, the stable binding of core-RISC to target RNAs required seed-match only, suggesting a potential explanation for the seed-match rule of microRNA (miRNA) target selection.

  6. The Argonaut Myth in the Novel Alla cieca by Claudio Magris

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    Irena Prosenc

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyses the disintegration of identity and fragmentation of the narrative voice in the novel Alla cieca (Blindly, 2005 by Claudio Magris. Through the metaphor of sailing, the Trieste writer explores various aspects of narration, focusing on the autobiographical narrative; furthermore, he reflects on the multiple identity of the modern ego and on the destructive force of History, whose oppression has been perpetuated in the recent periods as well. The many issues addressed by the novel are connected by the continuous presence of the Argonaut myth, evoked by numerous intertextual references to the Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius and to the Argonautica Orphica – a title which is, in contrast to that of the Hellenistic poem, not explicitly cited in the text.

  7. Convergent evolution of argonaute-2 slicer antagonism in two distinct insect RNA viruses.

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    Joël T van Mierlo

    Full Text Available RNA interference (RNAi is a major antiviral pathway that shapes evolution of RNA viruses. We show here that Nora virus, a natural Drosophila pathogen, is both a target and suppressor of RNAi. We detected viral small RNAs with a signature of Dicer-2 dependent small interfering RNAs in Nora virus infected Drosophila. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the Nora virus VP1 protein contains RNAi suppressive activity in vitro and in vivo that enhances pathogenicity of recombinant Sindbis virus in an RNAi dependent manner. Nora virus VP1 and the viral suppressor of RNAi of Cricket paralysis virus (1A antagonized Argonaute-2 (AGO2 Slicer activity of RNA induced silencing complexes pre-loaded with a methylated single-stranded guide strand. The convergent evolution of AGO2 suppression in two unrelated insect RNA viruses highlights the importance of AGO2 in antiviral defense.

  8. A viral suppressor protein inhibits host RNA silencing by hooking up with Argonautes

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    Jin, Hailing

    2010-05-01

    RNA viruses are particularly vulnerable to RNAi-based defenses in the host, and thus have evolved specific proteins, known as viral suppressors of RNA silencing (VSRs), as a counterdefense. In this issue of Genes & Development, Azevedo and colleagues (pp. 904-915) discovered that P38, the VSR of Turnip crinkle virus, uses its glycine/tryptophane (GW) motifs as an ARGONAUTE (AGO) hook to attract and disarm the host\\'s essential effector of RNA silencing. Several GW motif-containing cellular proteins are known to be important partners of AGOs in RNA silencing effector complexes in yeast, plants, and animals. The GW motif appears to be a versatile and effective tool for regulating the activities of RNA silencing pathways, and the use of GW mimicry to compete for and inhibit host AGOs may be a strategy used by many pathogens to counteract host RNAi-based defenses. © 2010 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

  9. La visita de Piscator a Barcelona en diciembre de 1936

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    Jiménez León, Marcelino

    1999-01-01

    Erwin Piscator (1893-1966), one of the most important theatre"s men of this century, visited Barcelona in 1936, invited by the Generalitat de Catalunya. This article analyses this visit, its antecendents and consequences over the Catalan theater during the Spanish civil war.

  10. Aspects of Spanish Deictic Expressions in Barcelona: A Quantitative Examination.

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    Vann, Robert E.

    1998-01-01

    This sociolinguistic investigation analyzes an innovative usage of Spanish motion verbs, demonstratives, and locatives in Barcelona, Spain that involves crosslinguistic pragmatic transfer. Speakers in the two social networks examined (n=58) use these Spanish deictics following pragmatic rules that generally correspond to the rules for their…

  11. China-Spain Investment & Trade Seminar Held in Barcelona

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    @@ On April 24,the China-Spain Investment & Trade Seminar was jointly held in Barcelona,Spain.As the first event of the Chinese Products Promotion Week (Europe),the seminar aims to help the Chinese export enterprises and local governments learn about relevant laws and regulations and product quality standards of the EU.

  12. Jean Nouveli supermodernism Barcelonas / Raili Seppänen

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    2005-01-01

    2005. a. suvel valmivast prantsuse arhitekti Jean Nouveli (sünd. 1945) projekteeritud tornmajast Torre Agbar Barcelonas Avinguda Diagonal 209-211. Abiks hispaania arhitekt Fermin Vazquez arhitektibüroost b720 Arquitectura S.L. Jean Nouveli tuntud projekte. Ill.: J. Nouveli portreefoto, tornmaja välisvaade

  13. UCLA research reactor relicensing, or guilty until proven innocent

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    Wegst, W.F.

    1985-11-01

    This paper briefly reviews the history and experiences of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in attempting to relicense its 100-kW Argonaut research reactor. The process of intervention in US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing hearings is briefly reviewed. The intervention in the UCLA case, by an antinuclear group called the Committee to Bridge the Gap (CBG), is described. The outcome of the entire proceeding is summarized and opinions are presented on the validity and viability of the licensing/intervention process.

  14. Geodetic infrastructure at the Barcelona harbour for sea level monitoring

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    Martinez-Benjamin, Juan Jose; Gili, Josep; Lopez, Rogelio; Tapia, Ana; Pros, Francesc; Palau, Vicenc; Perez, Begona

    2015-04-01

    The presentation is directed to the description of the actual geodetic infrastructure of Barcelona harbour with three tide gauges of different technologies for sea level determination and contribution to regional sea level rise and understanding past and present sea level rise in the Barcelona harbour. It is intended that the overall system will constitute a CGPS Station of the ESEAS (European Sea Level) and TIGA (GPS Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring) networks. At Barcelona harbour there is a MIROS radar tide gauge belonging to Puertos del Estado (Spanish Harbours).The radar sensor is over the water surface, on a L-shaped structure which elevates it a few meters above the quay shelf. 1-min data are transmitted to the ENAGAS Control Center by cable and then sent each 1 min to Puertos del Estado by e-mail. The information includes wave forescast (mean period, significant wave height, sea level, etc.This sensor also measures agitation and sends wave parameters each 20 min. There is a GPS station Leica Geosystems GRX1200 GG Pro and antenna AX 1202 GG. The Control Tower of the Port of Barcelona is situated in the North dike of the so-called Energy Pier in the Barcelona harbor (Spain). This tower has different kind of antennas for navigation monitoring and a GNSS permanent station. As the tower is founded in reclaimed land, and because its metallic structure, the 50 m building is subjected to diverse movements, including periodic fluctuations due to temperature changes. In this contribution the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 the necessary monitoring campaigns are described. In the framework of a Spanish Space Project, the instrumentation of sea level measurements has been improved by providing the Barcelona site with a radar tide gauge Datamar 2000C from Geonica S.L. in June 2014 near an acoustic tide gauge from the Barcelona Harbour installed in 2013. Precision levelling has been made several times in the last two years because the tower is founded in reclaimed land and

  15. Poesía de posguerra en Barcelona

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    Manjón-Cabeza Cruz, Dolores

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The history of Spanish poetry has refused up to now the poetry written in Barcelona between the final of the Civil War and 1951, the year of the foundation of the so-called «School of Barcelona». In this article there will be drawn some of the general lines of this nearly twelve years of Spanish writing, which where a period of linguistic substitution and cultural ideology, launching years of new editorials and collections, the creation of reviews y rewards, of tertulias and of plentiful poetic creations in Barcelona, the most part of them under the sign of surrealism. The main names of this history should be more or less known (J.R. Masoliver, Cirlot, Garcés, and so on, but their determination in connecting with the best poetry former of the Civil War and outside from Spain, should be worth mentioning for their singularity as well as for the quality of their products.La historia de la poesía de posguerra en España ha ignorado hasta ahora la poesía escrita en Barcelona entre el final de la Guerra Civil y 1951, el año fundacional de la llamada «Escuela de Barcelona». En este artículo se trazan las líneas maestras de esos casi doce años de escritura en castellano, que fueron tiempo de sustitución lingüística y cultural-ideológica, de lanzamiento de nuevas editoriales y colecciones, de creación de revistas y premios, de tertulias y de abundante creación poética en Barcelona, la mayor parte de ella bajo el signo del surrealismo. Los nombres propios de esta historia pueden ser más o menos conocidos (J.R. Masoliver, Cirlot, Garcés, etc. pero su empeño en conectar con lo mejor de las poéticas anteriores a la guerra y con las de fuera de nuestras fronteras es digno de reconocimiento y de atención, tanto por su singularidad como por la calidad de los frutos obtenidos.

  16. A Pelargonium ARGONAUTE4 gene shows organ-specific expression and differences in RNA and protein levels.

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    He, Jie; Gray, John; Leisner, Scott

    2010-03-01

    RNAi-induced gene silencing plays a role in plant DNA methylation and defense. While most gene silencing studies have been performed on annuals, little is known about the expression of key components of this process (like ARGONAUTE proteins) in ornamentals. Using a combination of polymerase chain reaction techniques, an ARGONAUTE4 gene, PhAGO4, was isolated from Pelargonium. PhAGO4 encodes a predicted product of 934 amino acids that contains the PAZ and PIWI domains typical of ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that PhAGO4 clusters with other plant AGO4 proteins. Organ expression patterns of the AGO4 genes in Pelargonium and Arabidopsis show intriguing differences. AGO4 RNA levels decline with leaf age in both Arabidopsis and Pelargonium. In contrast AGO4 RNA levels in roots relative to leaves are higher in Pelargonium than in Arabidopsis. Both Arabidopsis and Pelargonium AGO4 showed higher RNA levels in flowers than leaves or roots. Even though flowers show higher levels of PhAGO4 RNA when compared to leaves and roots, protein gel blot analysis shows that at the protein level, the reverse is true. This suggests that PhAGO4 expression may be regulated at the translational or post-translational level in Pelargonium flowers.

  17. New mediterranean elements in contemporary housing. The case of Barcelona

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    Vincenzo Paolo Bagnato

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In the face of increasing and differentiating the low-cost housing demand and the trend of establishing new paradigms in the contemporary housing design, the architectural investigation has replaced into its disciplinary statement the topic of housing as central question in research and design experimentation. The city of Barcelona has codified in the last years innovative modalities of public management in social housing, offering interesting points of reflection on the idea of housing and of Mediterranean quality in urban, architectural and constructive terms. The paper proposes a key to the reading on the recent experiences of social housing in Barcelona illustrating the different forms through which architecture interprets the relationship between housing and public space, between innovation and constructive tradition.

  18. Ozone bioindication in Barcelona and surrounding area of Catalonia

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    Ribas, A.; Penuelas, J. [Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain). Ecophysiology Unit of CSIC

    2002-07-01

    A field study was conducted from July to September 2000 to assess ozone (O{sub 3}) phytotoxicity in Barcelona and surrounding areas of Catalonia (NE Spain) by using tobacco plants Bel-W3 and Populus nigra 'Brandaris' as bioindicators. The study was conducted simultaneously at eight sites where ozone concentrations and meteorological variables were continuously monitored. The ozone levels correlated well with ozone injury on the Bel-W3 cultivar, especially at stations established in the urban area of Barcelona, and in the first months of summer. In the second half of summer plants showed a decreasing efficiency in its biomonitoring capacity. The behaviour of Populus as bioindicator or biomonitor was less satisfactory. For both species it is necessary to improve cultivation conditions since water deficits seem to play an important role in bioindication in the Mediterranean region. (orig.)

  19. Imagined communities: Banal nationalism in Barcelona “Locutorios”

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    Joel Feliu

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Despite the huge competition that has emerged as a result of the on-going increase in the available ways one can connect to telephone and computer networks, Barcelona call shops, known as “locutorios,” are relatively successful small businesses. As a result of our research using a collective ethnographic fieldwork of “locutorios” in Barcelona, we articulated Michael Billig’s concept of banal nationalism and Benedict Anderson’s concept of imagined community to show that national imagined communities can be found in these public spaces of connection. The remarkable relevance of national identifications in these spaces, which paradoxically symbolize globalization as few other places do, is not only that they occur without apparent conflicts, but they also allow for coexistence and facilitate the emergence of new imagined communities.

  20. Latino gangs: An approach of social recuperation in Barcelona

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    Josep M. Lahosa i Cañellas

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available This work presents an approach of what have become known as “Latino gangs”, and has been carried out in Barcelona since this reality first came to light, in late 2002. The approach is based onone of the criteria that Barcelona City Council has defined as a basic element of its urban policy, that is, to develop interventions that facilitate the integration of new emerging urban realities, even those that may result in the generation of conflict in the city’s social and political life. Meanwhile, one sine qua non condition is the acceptance of the rule of common law, and of the very diversityof the city’s community life. In the case under study, the aim has been to encourage groups of young Latinos who have been “branded” as dangerous to commence processes of normalisation, by exploring the associational route as a democratic resource for functioning socially.

  1. ATLAS Virtual Visit-Barcelona-03-04-2014

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    he Institut de Fisica d`Altes Energies (IFAE) is a leading high energy physics research institute located in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Among the numerous activities of the institute, IFAE is deeply involved in the research program of the LHC and plays a key role as a member of the ATLAS collaboration. IFAE scientists have regularly been promoting public awareness of science and making informal contributions to science education.

  2. City policies, immigration and culture: Sports in Barcelona

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    Sánchez Martín, Ricardo

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The Strategic Plan of the city of Barcelona considers the need to both facilitate and promote the practice of sporting activities, since it is proved to enhance people’s quality of life and health as well as promote civic participation and social integration. This analysis shows the socio-cultural barriers for the practice of sporting activities and foreign groups’ sporting habits as well as the local policy criteria for the promotion of sports among citizens for the specific case of the city of Barcelona. It is a Social Participative Research including a documentary analysis, quantitative studies, qualitative skills as well as cooperative research techniques, participative sessions and meetings.

    En el Plan Estratégico del deporte de la ciudad de Barcelona se considera la necesidad de facilitar y promover la práctica de la actividad físico-deportiva de toda la población, dadas sus posibilidades como elemento generador de calidad de vida y salud, de participación ciudadana y de integración social. Como resultado de la investigación que se presenta se han determinado las barreras socio-culturales para la práctica de actividades físico-deportivas, se muestran los hábitos de práctica deportiva de los colectivos extranjeros y se establecen los criterios para la política municipal de promoción deportiva de la ciudadanía para el caso concreto de Barcelona. Se trata de una Investigación Social Participativa que incluye análisis documental, estudios cuantitativos, técnicas cualitativas, así como técnicas de investigación colaborativa, sesiones participativas y asambleas.

  3. A distinctive industrialization: cotton in Barcelona, 1728-1832

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    Thomson, J. K. J.

    1992-01-01

    This is a study of the development of Barcelona's cotton industry from its origins in calico-printing in 1728 to its introduction of steam-power in 1832. It thus describes the experiences of the leading industry of the city which provides the only Mediterranean exception to the tendency of early industrialization to be concentrated in northern Europe. It bridges the gap between the 'pre-industrial' and early 'industrial' periods, offering answers to such questions as: What caused 'merchant ca...

  4. Empresas familiares de inmigrantes en Barcelona y Montevideo

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    Paola Martínez Pérez

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo es observar las diferentes dimensiones que adquiere la familia en las empresas familiares de inmigrantes. En este caso, la propuesta metodológica es analizar, de forma comparativa, la realidad empresarial consolidada del colectivo gallego en Montevideo con las empresas familiares de inmigrantes de reciente creación en el área metropolitana en Barcelona.

  5. La toma de la casa fuerte de Barcelona

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    S. T. Forzán Dagger

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    Full Text Available El Libertador no podía continuar en Barcelona, pues la escasez de ganado y la falta de cooperación de los jefes patriotas que gozaban de prestigio en el oriente venezolano, como el general Santiago Mariño, obligáronle a evacuarla e irse a Angostura (hoy Ciudad Bolívar que ya estaba situada por el general Manuel Carlos Piar.

  6. A Primary Sequence Analysis of the ARGONAUTE Protein Family in Plants

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    Rodríguez-Leal, Daniel; Castillo-Cobián, Amanda; Rodríguez-Arévalo, Isaac; Vielle-Calzada, Jean-Philippe

    2016-01-01

    Small RNA (sRNA)-mediated gene silencing represents a conserved regulatory mechanism controlling a wide diversity of developmental processes through interactions of sRNAs with proteins of the ARGONAUTE (AGO) family. On the basis of a large phylogenetic analysis that includes 206 AGO genes belonging to 23 plant species, AGO genes group into four clades corresponding to the phylogenetic distribution proposed for the ten family members of Arabidopsis thaliana. A primary analysis of the corresponding protein sequences resulted in 50 sequences of amino acids (blocks) conserved across their linear length. Protein members of the AGO4/6/8/9 and AGO1/10 clades are more conserved than members of the AGO5 and AGO2/3/7 clades. In addition to blocks containing components of the PIWI, PAZ, and DUF1785 domains, members of the AGO2/3/7 and AGO4/6/8/9 clades possess other consensus block sequences that are exclusive of members within these clades, suggesting unforeseen functional specialization revealed by their primary sequence. We also show that AGO proteins of animal and plant kingdoms share linear sequences of blocks that include motifs involved in posttranslational modifications such as those regulating AGO2 in humans and the PIWI protein AUBERGINE in Drosophila. Our results open possibilities for exploring new structural and functional aspects related to the evolution of AGO proteins within the plant kingdom, and their convergence with analogous proteins in mammals and invertebrates. PMID:27635128

  7. An ARGONAUTE4-containing nuclear processing center colocalized with Cajal bodies in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Li, Carey Fei; Pontes, Olga; El-Shami, Mahmoud; Henderson, Ian R; Bernatavichute, Yana V; Chan, Simon W-L; Lagrange, Thierry; Pikaard, Craig S; Jacobsen, Steven E

    2006-07-14

    ARGONAUTE4 (AGO4) and RNA polymerase IV (Pol IV) are required for DNA methylation guided by 24 nucleotide small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in Arabidopsis thaliana. Here we show that AGO4 localizes to nucleolus-associated bodies along with the Pol IV subunit NRPD1b; the small nuclear RNA (snRNA) binding protein SmD3; and two markers of Cajal bodies, trimethylguanosine-capped snRNAs and the U2 snRNA binding protein U2B''. AGO4 interacts with the C-terminal domain of NRPD1b, and AGO4 protein stability depends on upstream factors that synthesize siRNAs. AGO4 is also found, along with the DNA methyltransferase DRM2, throughout the nucleus at presumed DNA methylation target sites. Cajal bodies are conserved sites for the maturation of ribonucleoprotein complexes. Our results suggest a function for Cajal bodies as a center for the assembly of an AGO4/NRPD1b/siRNA complex, facilitating its function in RNA-directed gene silencing at target loci.

  8. Dynamic regulation of ARGONAUTE4 within multiple nuclear bodies in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Carey F Li

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available DNA methylation directed by 24-nucleotide small RNAs involves the small RNA-binding protein ARGONAUTE4 (AGO4, and it was previously shown that AGO4 localizes to nucleolus-adjacent Cajal bodies, sites of snRNP complex maturation. Here we demonstrate that AGO4 also localizes to a second class of nuclear bodies, called AB-bodies, which are found immediately adjacent to condensed 45S ribosomal DNA (rDNA sequences. AB-bodies also contain other proteins involved in RNA-directed DNA methylation including NRPD1b (a subunit of the RNA Polymerase IV complex, RNA PolIV, NRPD2 (a second subunit of this complex, and the DNA methyltransferase DRM2. These two classes of AGO4 bodies are structurally independent--disruption of one class does not affect the other--suggesting a dynamic regulation of AGO4 within two distinct nuclear compartments in Arabidopsis. Abolishing Cajal body formation in a coilin mutant reduced overall AGO4 protein levels, and coilin dicer-like3 double mutants showed a small decrease in DNA methylation beyond that seen in dicer-like3 single mutants, suggesting that Cajal bodies are required for a fully functioning DNA methylation system in Arabidopsis.

  9. Understanding the core of RNA interference: The dynamic aspects of Argonaute-mediated processes

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    Zhu, Lizhe

    2016-10-05

    At the core of RNA interference, the Argonaute proteins (Ago) load and utilize small guide nucleic acids to silence mRNAs or cleave foreign nucleic acids in a sequence specific manner. In recent years, based on extensive structural studies of Ago and its interaction with the nucleic acids, considerable progress has been made to reveal the dynamic aspects of various Ago-mediated processes. Here we review these novel insights into the guide-strand loading, duplex unwinding, and effects of seed mismatch, with a focus on two representative Agos, the human Ago 2 (hAgo2) and the bacterial Thermus thermophilus Ago (TtAgo). In particular, comprehensive molecular simulation studies revealed that although sharing similar overall structures, the two Agos have vastly different conformational landscapes and guide-strand loading mechanisms because of the distinct rigidity of their L1-PAZ hinge. Given the central role of the PAZ motions in regulating the exposure of the nucleic acid binding channel, these findings exemplify the importance of protein motions in distinguishing the overlapping, yet distinct, mechanisms of Ago-mediated processes in different organisms.

  10. Elucidating Mechanisms of Molecular Recognition Between Human Argonaute and miRNA Using Computational Approaches

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    Jiang, Hanlun

    2016-12-06

    MicroRNA (miRNA) and Argonaute (AGO) protein together form the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) that plays an essential role in the regulation of gene expression. Elucidating the underlying mechanism of AGO-miRNA recognition is thus of great importance not only for the in-depth understanding of miRNA function but also for inspiring new drugs targeting miRNAs. In this chapter we introduce a combined computational approach of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, Markov state models (MSMs), and protein-RNA docking to investigate AGO-miRNA recognition. Constructed from MD simulations, MSMs can elucidate the conformational dynamics of AGO at biologically relevant timescales. Protein-RNA docking can then efficiently identify the AGO conformations that are geometrically accessible to miRNA. Using our recent work on human AGO2 as an example, we explain the rationale and the workflow of our method in details. This combined approach holds great promise to complement experiments in unraveling the mechanisms of molecular recognition between large, flexible, and complex biomolecules.

  11. Enhancement of larval RNAi efficiency by over-expressing Argonaute2 in Bombyx mori.

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    Li, Zhiqian; Zeng, Baosheng; Ling, Lin; Xu, Jun; You, Lang; Aslam, Abu F M; Tan, Anjiang; Huang, Yongping

    2015-01-01

    RNA interference has been described as a powerful genetic tool for gene functional analysis and a promising approach for pest management. However, RNAi efficiency varies significantly among insect species due to distinct RNAi machineries. Lepidopteran insects include a large number of pests as well as model insects, such as the silkworm, Bombyx mori. However, only limited success of in vivo RNAi has been reported in lepidoptera, particularly during the larval stages when the worms feed the most and do the most harm to the host plant. Enhancing the efficiency of larval RNAi in lepidoptera is urgently needed to develop RNAi-based pest management strategies. In the present study, we investigate the function of the conserved RNAi core factor, Argonaute2 (Ago2), in mediating B. mori RNAi efficiency. We demonstrate that introducing BmAgo2 dsRNA inhibits the RNAi response in both BmN cells and embryos. Furthermore, we establish several transgenic silkworm lines to assess the roles of BmAgo2 in larval RNAi. Over-expressing BmAgo2 significantly facilitated both dsRNA-mediated larval RNAi when targeting DsRed using dsRNA injection and shRNA-mediated larval RNAi when targeting BmBlos2 using transgenic shRNA expression. Our results show that BmAgo2 is involved in RNAi in B. mori and provides a promising approach for improving larval RNAi efficiency in B. mori and in lepidopteran insects in general.

  12. Argonaute 1 is indispensable for juvenile hormone mediated oogenesis in the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria.

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    Song, Jiasheng; Guo, Wei; Jiang, Feng; Kang, Le; Zhou, Shutang

    2013-09-01

    Juvenile hormone (JH) is the primary hormone controlling vitellogenesis and oocyte maturation in the migratory locust Locusta migratoria, an evolutionarily primitive insect species with panoistic ovaries. However, molecular mechanisms of locust oogenesis remain unclear and the role of microRNA (miRNA) in JH mediated locust vitellogenesis and oocyte maturation has not been explored. Using miRNA sequencing and quantification with small RNA libraries derived from fat bodies of JH-deprived versus JH analog-exposed female adult locusts, we have identified 83 JH up-regulated and 60 JH down-regulated miRNAs. QRT-PCR validation has confirmed that transcription of selected miRNAs responded to JH administration and correlated with changes in endogenous hemolymph JH titers. Depletion of Argonaute 1 (Ago1), a key regulator of miRNA biogenesis and function by RNAi in female adult locusts dramatically decreased the expression of vitellogenin (Vg) and severely impaired follicular epithelium development, terminal oocyte maturation and ovarian growth. Our data indicate that Ago1 and Ago1-dependent miRNAs play a crucial role in locust vitellogenesis and egg production.

  13. Argonaute-2-null embryonic stem cells are retarded in self-renewal and differentiation

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    P Chandra Shekar; Adnan Naim; D Partha Sarathi; Satish Kumar

    2011-09-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) pathways regulate self-renewal and differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells. Argonaute 2 (Ago2) is a vital component of RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) and the only Ago protein with slicer activity. We generated Ago2-deficient ES cells by conditional gene targeting. Ago2-deficient ES cells are defective in the small-RNA-mediated gene silencing and are significantly compromised in biogenesis of mature microRNA. The self-renewal rate of Ago2-deficient ES cells is affected due to failure of silencing of Cdkn1a by ES-cell-specific microRNAs (miRNA) in the absence of Ago2. Interestingly, unlike Dicer- and Dgcr8-deficient ES cells, they differentiate to all three germ layers both in vivo and in vitro. However, early differentiation of Ago2-deficient ES cells is delayed by 2–4 days as indicated by persistence of higher levels of self-renewal/ pluripotency markers during differentiation. Further, appearance of morphological and differentiation markers is also delayed during the differentiation. In this study we show that Ago2 is essential for normal self-renewal and differentiation. Also, our data suggest that self-renewal and differentiation of ES cells are regulated by both siRNA and miRNA pathways.

  14. Essential and overlapping functions for mammalian Argonautes in microRNA silencing.

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    Su, Hong; Trombly, Melanie I; Chen, Jian; Wang, Xiaozhong

    2009-02-01

    MicroRNA (miRNA) silencing fine-tunes protein output and regulates diverse biological processes. Argonaute (Ago) proteins are the core effectors of the miRNA pathway. In lower organisms, multiple Agos have evolved specialized functions for distinct RNA silencing pathways. However, the roles of mammalian Agos have not been well characterized. Here we show that mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells deficient for Ago1-4 are completely defective in miRNA silencing and undergo apoptosis. In miRNA silencing-defective ES cells, the proapoptotic protein Bim, a miRNA target, is increased, and up-regulation of Bim is sufficient to induce ES cell apoptosis. Expression of activated Akt inhibits Bim expression and partially rescues the growth defect in Ago-deficient ES cells. Furthermore, reintroduction of any single Ago into Ago-deficient cells is able to rescue the endogenous miRNA silencing defect and apoptosis. Consistent with this, each Ago is functionally equivalent with bulged miRNA duplexes for translational repression, whereas Ago1 and Ago2 appear to be more effective at utilizing perfectly matched siRNAs. Thus, our results demonstrate that mammalian Agos all contribute to miRNA silencing, and individual Agos have largely overlapping functions in this process.

  15. The C. elegans CSR-1 argonaute pathway counteracts epigenetic silencing to promote germline gene expression.

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    Seth, Meetu; Shirayama, Masaki; Gu, Weifeng; Ishidate, Takao; Conte, Darryl; Mello, Craig C

    2013-12-23

    Organisms can develop adaptive sequence-specific immunity by reexpressing pathogen-specific small RNAs that guide gene silencing. For example, the C. elegans PIWI-Argonaute/piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway recruits RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP) to foreign sequences to amplify a transgenerational small-RNA-induced epigenetic silencing signal (termed RNAe). Here, we provide evidence that, in addition to an adaptive memory of silenced sequences, C. elegans can also develop an opposing adaptive memory of expressed/self-mRNAs. We refer to this mechanism, which can prevent or reverse RNAe, as RNA-induced epigenetic gene activation (RNAa). We show that CSR-1, which engages RdRP-amplified small RNAs complementary to germline-expressed mRNAs, is required for RNAa. We show that a transgene with RNAa activity also exhibits accumulation of cognate CSR-1 small RNAs. Our findings suggest that C. elegans adaptively acquires and maintains a transgenerational CSR-1 memory that recognizes and protects self-mRNAs, allowing piRNAs to recognize foreign sequences innately, without the need for prior exposure

  16. ARGONAUTE1 acts in Arabidopsis root radial pattern formation independently of the SHR/SCR pathway.

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    Miyashima, Shunsuke; Hashimoto, Takashi; Nakajima, Keiji

    2009-03-01

    The formation of radially symmetric tissue patterns is one of the most basic processes in the development of vascular plants. In Arabidopsis thaliana, plant-specific GRAS-type transcription factors, SHORT-ROOT (SHR) and SCARECROW (SCR), are required for asymmetric cell divisions that separate two ground tissue cell layers, the endodermis and cortex, as well as for endodermal cell fate specification. While loss of SHR or SCR results in a single-layered ground tissue, radially symmetric cellular patterns are still maintained, suggesting that unknown regulatory mechanisms act independently of the SHR/SCR-dependent pathway. In this study, we identified a novel root radial pattern mutant and found that it is a new argonaute1 (ago1) allele. Multiple ago1 mutant alleles contained supernumerary ground tissue cell layers lacking a concentric organization, while expression patterns of SHR and SCR were not affected, revealing a previously unreported role for AGO1 in root ground tissue patterning. Analyses of ago1 scr double mutants demonstrated that the simultaneous loss of the two pathways caused a dramatic reduction in cellular organization and ground tissue identity as compared with the single mutants. Based on these results, we propose that highly symmetric root ground tissue patterns are maintained by the actions of two independent pathways, one using post-transcriptional regulation mediated by AGO1 and the other using the SHR/SCR transcriptional regulator.

  17. Argonaute proteins in cardiac tissue contribute to the heart injury during viral myocarditis.

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    Sun, Shougang; Ma, Jialiang; Zhang, Quan; Wang, Qiongying; Zhou, Lei; Bai, Feng; Hu, Hao; Chang, Peng; Yu, Jing; Gao, Bingren

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a group of short, noncoding, regulatory RNA molecules the dysregulation of which contributes to the pathogenesis of myocarditis. Argonaute proteins are essential components of miRNA-induced silencing complex and play important roles during miRNA biogenesis and function. However, the expression pattern of four AGO family members has not yet been detected in the coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3)-induced myocarditis tissue samples. In this study, we detected the expression of four AGOs in the CVB3-infected mouse heart tissues and found that AGO1 and AGO3 up-regulated significantly at 4 and 8h after CVB3 infection. Further in vitro research indicated that up-regulated AGO1 and AGO3 are related to the down-regulated TNFAIP3, which is a negative regulator of NF-κB pathway. Subsequently, we confirmed that TNFAIP3 is a direct target of miR-19a/b, and during CVB3 infection, the expression of miR-19a/b and miR-125a/b is not significantly changed. TNFAIP3 level is mainly reduced by up-regulated AGO1 and AGO3. This research sheds light on the relationship between overexpressed AGO proteins and CVB3-induced myocarditis, and this provides potential therapeutic target for viral myocarditis.

  18. A particular set of small non-coding RNAs is bound to the distinctive Argonaute protein of Trypanosoma cruzi: insights from RNA-interference deficient organisms.

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    Garcia-Silva, Maria Rosa; Sanguinetti, Julia; Cabrera-Cabrera, Florencia; Franzén, Oscar; Cayota, Alfonso

    2014-04-01

    The study of small RNAs and Argonaute proteins in eukaryotes that are deficient in functional RNA interference could provide insights into novel functions of small RNAs. In this study we describe small non-coding RNAs bound to a distinctive Argonaute protein of Trypanosoma cruzi, TcPIWI-tryp. Co-immunoprecipitation of TcPIWI-tryp followed by deep sequencing of isolated RNA identified abundant small RNAs derived from rRNAs and tRNAs. The small RNA repertoire differed from that of the canonical Argonaute in organisms with functional RNA interference, which could indicate novel biological functions for TcPIWI-tryp in T. cruzi and other members of the trypanosomatid clade.

  19. H Reactor

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The H Reactor was the first reactor to be built at Hanford after World War II.It became operational in October of 1949, and represented the fourth nuclear reactor on...

  20. Interesting Characteristics of AMD Barcelona Floating Point Execution

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    Bales, Benjamin B [ORNL; Barrett, Richard F [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    In almost all modern scientific applications, developers achieve the greatest performance gains by tuning algorithms, communication systems, and memory access patterns, while leaving low level instruction optimizations to the compiler. Given the increasingly varied and complicated x86 architectures, the value of these optimizations is unclear, and, due to time and complexity constraints, it is difficult for many programmers to experiment with them. In this report we explore the potential gains of these 'last mile' optimization efforts on an AMD Barcelona processor, providing readers with relevant information so that they can decide whether investment in the presented optimizations is worthwhile.

  1. Barcelona contemporánea: el ocaso de un modelo

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    Antonio Pizza

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Barcelona is a city, which through the democratization of public space in the second half of the seventies, developed with a noticeable intention of balancing the public and private. The municipalities’ efforts were focused towards the planification and regeneration of dilapidated spaces and the construction of new structures for public benefit. However, since 2007 new phenomena have come to light that emphasise urban problems in which public interests become less important than private investment initiatives. New market priorities, together with tourism and myriad immigration have caused an “expropriation” of the city from its inhabitants.

  2. HIV-1 RNAs are Not Part of the Argonaute 2 Associated RNA Interference Pathway in Macrophages.

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    Valentina Vongrad

    Full Text Available MiRNAs and other small noncoding RNAs (sncRNAs are key players in post-transcriptional gene regulation. HIV-1 derived small noncoding RNAs (sncRNAs have been described in HIV-1 infected cells, but their biological functions still remain to be elucidated. Here, we approached the question whether viral sncRNAs may play a role in the RNA interference (RNAi pathway or whether viral mRNAs are targeted by cellular miRNAs in human monocyte derived macrophages (MDM.The incorporation of viral sncRNAs and/or their target RNAs into RNA-induced silencing complex was investigated using photoactivatable ribonucleoside-induced cross-linking and immunoprecipitation (PAR-CLIP as well as high-throughput sequencing of RNA isolated by cross-linking immunoprecipitation (HITS-CLIP, which capture Argonaute2-bound miRNAs and their target RNAs. HIV-1 infected monocyte-derived macrophages (MDM were chosen as target cells, as they have previously been shown to express HIV-1 sncRNAs. In addition, we applied small RNA deep sequencing to study differential cellular miRNA expression in HIV-1 infected versus non-infected MDMs.PAR-CLIP and HITS-CLIP data demonstrated the absence of HIV-1 RNAs in Ago2-RISC, although the presence of a multitude of HIV-1 sncRNAs in HIV-1 infected MDMs was confirmed by small RNA sequencing. Small RNA sequencing revealed that 1.4% of all sncRNAs were of HIV-1 origin. However, neither HIV-1 derived sncRNAs nor putative HIV-1 target sequences incorporated into Ago2-RISC were identified suggesting that HIV-1 sncRNAs are not involved in the canonical RNAi pathway nor is HIV-1 targeted by this pathway in HIV-1 infected macrophages.

  3. The developmental outcomes of P0-mediated ARGONAUTE destabilization in tomato.

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    Hendelman, Anat; Kravchik, Michael; Stav, Ran; Zik, Moriyah; Lugassi, Nitsan; Arazi, Tzahi

    2013-01-01

    The plant protein ARGONAUTE1 (AGO1) functions in multiple RNA-silencing pathways, including those of microRNAs, key regulators of growth and development. Genetic analysis of ago1 mutants with informative defects has provided valuable insights into AGO1's biological functions. Tomato encodes two AGO1 homologs (SlAGO1s), but mutants have not been described to date. To analyze SlAGO1s' involvement in development, we confirmed that both undergo decay in the presence of the Polerovirus silencing suppressor P0 and produce a transgenic responder line (OP:P0HA) that, upon transactivation, expresses P0 C-terminally fused to a hemagglutinin (HA) tag (P0HA) and destabilizes SlAGO1s at the site of expression. By crossing OP:P0HA with a battery of driver lines, constitutive as well as organ- and stage-specific SlAGO1 downregulation was induced in the F1 progeny. Activated plants exhibited various developmental phenotypes that partially overlapped with those of Arabidopsis ago1 mutants. Plants that constitutively expressed P0HA had reduced SlAGO1 levels and increased accumulation of miRNA targets, indicating compromised SlAGO1-mediated silencing. Consistent with this, they exhibited pleiotropic morphological defects and their growth was arrested post-germination. Transactivation of P0HA in young leaf and floral organ primordia dramatically modified corresponding organ morphology, including the radialization of leaflets, petals and anthers, suggesting that SlAGO1s' activities are required for normal lateral organ development and polarity. Overall, our results suggest that the OP:P0HA responder line can serve as a valuable tool to suppress SlAGO1 silencing pathways in tomato. The suppression of additional SlAGOs by P0HA and its contribution to the observed phenotypes awaits investigation.

  4. The Sword in the Treasury of the Cathedral of Barcelona - Summary

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    Cirlot, Juan Eduardo

    1964-12-01

    Full Text Available IN the very treasury of the cathedral of Barcelona a famous, historical sword is to be seen among a number of precious objects of historical and artistical value. It once belonged to a most noble personality, the condestable Don Pedro of Portugal, for a few years count of Barcelona and king of Aragon.

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  5. Service-Learning in Physical Education Teacher Training. Physical Education in the Modelo Prison, Barcelona

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    Lleixà, Teresa; Ríos, Merche

    2015-01-01

    In the Psychiatric Unit of the Modelo Prison, Barcelona, a physical education programme is carried out annually with the participation of University of Barcelona (UB) students. In this context, we carried out a study based on service-learning parameters. The aim of the study was twofold: to determine the impact on inmates of the physical education…

  6. Edificio en La Plaza Lesseps de Fernando Lesseps – Barcelona

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    Danés, Albert

    1975-02-01

    Full Text Available This interesting example of urban architecture is situated in Barcelona, facing two streets of different widths, for which reasons the number of floors on the two sides is also different. The basements are reserved for parking space. Further the building comprises commercial ground floors with very attractive shopping arcades; a mezzanine commercial floor as well and the top floors, that are intended for housings. Pleasant exterior with solid colours. The work has been achieved thanks to the valuable contribution of Lluciá Navarro i Rodón.Esta interesante muestra de la arquitectura urbana está emplazada en Barcelona, con fachadas a dos calles de anchura diferente, por lo que el número de plantas es también distinto. Sótanos destinados a estacionamiento de vehículos. Plantas bajas comerciales, con galerías de paso muy atractivas. Entresuelo, también comercial, y plantas altas de viviendas variadas. Tratamiento exterior atrayente, a base de colores sólidos y sistema esgrafiado, contando con la valiosa colaboración de Lluciá Navarro i Rodón.

  7. In silico molecular docking analysis of the human Argonaute 2 PAZ domain reveals insights into RNA interference

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    Kandeel, Mahmoud; Kitade, Yukio

    2013-07-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) is a critical cellular pathway activated by double stranded RNA and regulates the gene expression of target mRNA. During RNAi, the 3' end of siRNA binds with the PAZ domain, followed by release and rebinding in a cyclic manner, which deemed essential for proper gene silencing. Recently, we provided the forces underlying the recognition of small interfering RNA by PAZ in a computational study based on the structure of Drosophila Argonaute 2 (Ago2) PAZ domain. We have now reanalyzed these data within the view of the new available structures from human Argonauts. While the parameters of weak binding are correlated with higher (RNAi) in the Drosophila model, a different profile is predicted with the human Ago2 PAZ domain. On the basis of the human Ago2 PAZ models, the indicators of stronger binding as the total binding energy and the free energy were associated with better RNAi efficacy. This discrepancy might be attributable to differences in the binding site topology and the difference in the conformation of the bound nucleotides.

  8. Roles and programming of Arabidopsis ARGONAUTE proteins during Turnip mosaic virus infection.

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    Garcia-Ruiz, Hernan; Carbonell, Alberto; Hoyer, J Steen; Fahlgren, Noah; Gilbert, Kerrigan B; Takeda, Atsushi; Giampetruzzi, Annalisa; Garcia Ruiz, Mayra T; McGinn, Michaela G; Lowery, Nicholas; Martinez Baladejo, Maria T; Carrington, James C

    2015-03-01

    In eukaryotes, ARGONAUTE proteins (AGOs) associate with microRNAs (miRNAs), short interfering RNAs (siRNAs), and other classes of small RNAs to regulate target RNA or target loci. Viral infection in plants induces a potent and highly specific antiviral RNA silencing response characterized by the formation of virus-derived siRNAs. Arabidopsis thaliana has ten AGO genes of which AGO1, AGO2, and AGO7 have been shown to play roles in antiviral defense. A genetic analysis was used to identify and characterize the roles of AGO proteins in antiviral defense against Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) in Arabidopsis. AGO1, AGO2 and AGO10 promoted anti-TuMV defense in a modular way in various organs, with AGO2 providing a prominent antiviral role in leaves. AGO5, AGO7 and AGO10 had minor effects in leaves. AGO1 and AGO10 had overlapping antiviral functions in inflorescence tissues after systemic movement of the virus, although the roles of AGO1 and AGO10 accounted for only a minor amount of the overall antiviral activity. By combining AGO protein immunoprecipitation with high-throughput sequencing of associated small RNAs, AGO2, AGO10, and to a lesser extent AGO1 were shown to associate with siRNAs derived from silencing suppressor (HC-Pro)-deficient TuMV-AS9, but not with siRNAs derived from wild-type TuMV. Co-immunoprecipitation and small RNA sequencing revealed that viral siRNAs broadly associated with wild-type HC-Pro during TuMV infection. These results support the hypothesis that suppression of antiviral silencing during TuMV infection, at least in part, occurs through sequestration of virus-derived siRNAs away from antiviral AGO proteins by HC-Pro. These findings indicate that distinct AGO proteins function as antiviral modules, and provide a molecular explanation for the silencing suppressor activity of HC-Pro.

  9. Reactor Physics

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    Ait Abderrahim, A

    2001-04-01

    The Reactor Physics and MYRRHA Department of SCK-CEN offers expertise in various areas of reactor physics, in particular in neutronics calculations, reactor dosimetry, reactor operation, reactor safety and control and non-destructive analysis of reactor fuel. This expertise is applied in the Department's own research projects in the VENUS critical facility, in the BR1 reactor and in the MYRRHA project (this project aims at designing a prototype Accelerator Driven System). Available expertise is also used in programmes external to the Department such as the reactor pressure steel vessel programme, the BR2 reactor dosimetry, and the preparation and interpretation of irradiation experiments by means of neutron and gamma calculations. The activities of the Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Technologies in Nuclear Science programme cover several domains outside the department. Progress and achievements in these topical areas in 2000 are summarised.

  10. Ampliación del estadio Nou Camp/Barcelona

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    Munté Aresté, Ángel

    1981-12-01

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    En 1954, el Presidente del F.C. Barcelona, en nombre de la Junta Directiva, encarga a los arquitectos J. Soteras, F. Mítjans y L, García-Barbón, la redacción del proyecto del Nuevo Estadio, para un aforo de 150.000 espectadores, a desarrollar en etapas sucesivas. El 28 de marzo del mismo año se coloca la primera piedra y en octubre se inauguró una exposición pública, en la que se presentaron los estudios gráficos del anteproyecto total e incluso una maqueta a escala 1:500, como base para desarrollar una primera etapa, con un aforo de 90.000 espectadores.

  11. Kepler in Curricula of the Agrarian Engineering School of Barcelona

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    Fillet, Jaume Fabregat

    In the Agrarian Engineering school of Barcelona, within the subject of Mathematics some references to history are included, particularly about several great scientists, like Kepler who is famous for his astronomical laws, but he was occupied by other subjects for example he wrote about wine barrels. It is interesting to introduce students to dynamic aspects of science and not only to program an ordered mathematical knowledge of physical systems or, worse, only to offer a collection of numerical recipes or only presenting the foundation of theory; it is important to promote relationships between technical topics and other lateral matters. To instigate an integral education, students did a brief study entitled "Kepler, mathematics and agriculture"; students were guided to link Kepler with agriculture through astronomy.

  12. Reactor safeguards

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    Russell, Charles R

    1962-01-01

    Reactor Safeguards provides information for all who are interested in the subject of reactor safeguards. Much of the material is descriptive although some sections are written for the engineer or physicist directly concerned with hazards analysis or site selection problems. The book opens with an introductory chapter on radiation hazards, the construction of nuclear reactors, safety issues, and the operation of nuclear reactors. This is followed by separate chapters that discuss radioactive materials, reactor kinetics, control and safety systems, containment, safety features for water reactor

  13. Reactor operation

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    Shaw, J

    2013-01-01

    Reactor Operation covers the theoretical aspects and design information of nuclear reactors. This book is composed of nine chapters that also consider their control, calibration, and experimentation.The opening chapters present the general problems of reactor operation and the principles of reactor control and operation. The succeeding chapters deal with the instrumentation, start-up, pre-commissioning, and physical experiments of nuclear reactors. The remaining chapters are devoted to the control rod calibrations and temperature coefficient measurements in the reactor. These chapters also exp

  14. Sprawl in Barcelona Region and the PTMB 2010

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    Antonio Acierno

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The Barcelona metropolitan region is composed of 164 municipalities distributed over an area of ​​about 3234 sq km with a population of 5 million inhabitants. In the last decades, the growth of metropolitan region has been characterized by some critical problems: high land occupation, dispersed occupation of the territory, low building density, considerable fragmentation and high specialization (residential developments, commercial centers, industrial areas, etc, growing social segregation. The sprawl, together with changes in economic and social structure, caused a loss of landscape and environment values in the territory, a reduction of natural areas, involving an increase in consumption of resources. The sprawling development was already evident in the early 1970s, and a study of dynamic of the sprawl was conducted to show the main features of this process. The morphology of discontinuity, fragmentation and heterogeneity are common features of the metropolitan regions in Southern Europe. The changes from the traditional compact city to a dispersed one caused important effects in the functioning of the territories and in the lifestyles of their users. The main problems addressed by the plan have been identified in the sprawl, the territorial fragmentation and the growing social segregation. The adoption of the Barcelona Metropolitan Plan is a notable innovation in the scenario of spatial planning and urban policies in Catalonia. In fact, the PTMB, that comes to close more than 40 years of controversy and failed attempts, presents some aspects of particular interest and represents a planning tool providing a methodology for administrative and political management for the future. The plan has been proposed by regional government in concert with municipalities through an interesting participatory process that has secured a broad consensus. The plan structure founded on three main systems: Open Spaces, Settlements and Infrastructures; all of

  15. El City Marketing en Barcelona: el turismo vacacional y la captación de inversiones

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    Islam-Begum, Ayrin Jahan

    2015-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se ha analizado de qué manera se emplea el City Marketing en Barcelona, a través del organismo responsable “Turisme de Barcelona”. Se ha intentado indagar sobre las dos caras de la marca Barcelona: el turismo vacacional y la captación de inversiones, y saber si el City Marketing potencia una marca más que la otra. Partimos de la siguiente hipótesis: ¿Barcelona emplea el City Marketing actualmente para ser potenciada como un destino turístico vacacional, más que un desti...

  16. Expression levels of the microRNA maturing microprocessor complex component DGCR8 and the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) components argonaute-1, argonaute-2, PACT, TARBP1, and TARBP2 in epithelial skin cancer.

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    Sand, Michael; Skrygan, Marina; Georgas, Dimitrios; Arenz, Christoph; Gambichler, Thilo; Sand, Daniel; Altmeyer, Peter; Bechara, Falk G

    2012-11-01

    The microprocessor complex mediates intranuclear biogenesis of precursor microRNAs from the primary microRNA transcript. Extranuclear, mature microRNAs are incorporated into the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) before interaction with complementary target mRNA leads to transcriptional repression or cleavage. In this study, we investigated the expression profiles of the microprocessor complex subunit DiGeorge syndrome critical region gene 8 (DGCR8) and the RISC components argonaute-1 (AGO1), argonaute-2 (AGO2), as well as double-stranded RNA-binding proteins PACT, TARBP1, and TARBP2 in epithelial skin cancer and its premalignant stage. Patients with premalignant actinic keratoses (AK, n = 6), basal cell carcinomas (BCC, n = 15), and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC, n = 7) were included in the study. Punch biopsies were harvested from the center of the tumors (lesional), from healthy skin sites (intraindividual controls), and from healthy skin sites in a healthy control group (n = 16; interindividual control). The DGCR8, AGO1, AGO2, PACT, TARBP1, and TARBP2 mRNA expression levels were detected by quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. The DGCR8, AGO1, AGO2, PACT, and TARBP1 expression levels were significantly higher in the AK, BCC, and SCC groups than the healthy controls (P  0.05). This study indicates that major components of the miRNA pathway, such as the microprocessor complex and RISC, are dysregulated in epithelial skin cancer.

  17. Reactor Neutrinos

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    Soo-Bong Kim; Thierry Lasserre; Yifang Wang

    2013-01-01

    We review the status and the results of reactor neutrino experiments. Short-baseline experiments have provided the measurement of the reactor neutrino spectrum, and their interest has been recently revived by the discovery of the reactor antineutrino anomaly, a discrepancy between the reactor neutrino flux state of the art prediction and the measurements at baselines shorter than one kilometer. Middle and long-baseline oscillation experiments at Daya Bay, Double Chooz, and RENO provided very ...

  18. NEWS FROM THE ANNUAL CONGRESS OF EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY (BARCELONA 2014: REALIZED AND UNREALIZED EXPECTATIONS

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    Full Text Available News from Congress of the European Society of Cardiology (Barcelona, 2014 is highlighted. Results of recent controlled clinical trials, new clinical recommendations and registers data that were presented at the Congress are discussed.

  19. NEWS FROM THE ANNUAL CONGRESS OF EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY (BARCELONA 2014: REALIZED AND UNREALIZED EXPECTATIONS

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    Full Text Available News from Congress of the European Society of Cardiology (Barcelona, 2014 is highlighted. Results of recent controlled clinical trials, new clinical recommendations and registers data that were presented at the Congress are discussed.

  20. Land snails and slugs at the Natural Park of the Serralada Litoral (Barcelona, Spain

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    Bros, V.

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The population of molluscs at the Natural Park of the Serralada Litoral (Barcelona, Spain, NE Iberian Peninsula was assessed, contributing to the conservation plan. A wildlife inventory was conducted based on fieldwork.

  1. Tourism promotion and urban space in Barcelona : historic perspective and critical review, 1900-1936

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    Cocola Gant, Agustin; Palou-Rubio, Saida

    2015-01-01

    This paper focuses on the historic connections between tourist promotion as a factor for both capital attraction and competitiveness and its influence on the urban configuration of Barcelona. Today, tourism represents a strategic value in the urban organisation of Barcelona and constitutes an excuse for the design, management and planning of the city, but the genealogy of this process has not been considered. In analysing this origin, the paper emphasises the validity of the strategies that w...

  2. Feasibility of a Vietnamese café in Spain : Case: Café Hanoi, Barcelona, Spain

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    Nguyen, Tra My

    2016-01-01

    This study covers the feasibility of a business idea – a Vietnamese café in the city of Barcelona, Spain. The study is the preliminary of a business plan. Therefore, it aims to discover the environment surrounding the café in Barcelona, Spain. The study employs descriptive approach, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The data collection includes both primary and secondary data. The primary data is collected through focus group, interviews and questionnaire. The secondary dat...

  3. Factores relacionados con el acoso escolar (bullying) en los adolescentes de Barcelona Factors related to bullying in adolescents in Barcelona (Spain)

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    2010-01-01

    Objetivos: La violencia y el acoso escolar constituyen un problema social y de salud que ha generado una gran alarma en los últimos años. En este estudio se describe el acoso escolar y los factores relacionados en estudiantes de Barcelona. Métodos: Estudio transversal de una muestra representativa de 2.727 estudiantes de 66 centros escolares de secundaria de Barcelona. Se definió «acoso escolar» como haber sido objeto de burla, golpeado o marginado cuatro o más veces, o al menos una vez en ca...

  4. Trabajo sexual en Barcelona. Sobre la gestión municipal del espacio público

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    Julieta Vartabedian

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the author will reflect on the management of public spaces in Barcelona through the case of sex work. The different ways that the Barcelona City Council has promoted the control and restriction of the free exercise of street sex work will be discussed. Recognising that the spaces are not fully accessible to everyone, the model of "civility" that Barcelona plans to implement will be explained. As a result of former zoning practices, there is a political will to make this activity "invisible", which perpetuates the vulnerability of sex workers themselves. En este artículo la autora reflexionará sobre la gestión del espacio público en Barcelona a través del caso del trabajo sexual. Se analizarán las distintas modalidades que el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona ha promovido para, en definitiva, controlar y restringir el libre ejercicio del trabajo sexual callejero. Partiendo del reconocimiento que los espacios no son plenamente accesibles para todas y todos, se explicará el modelo de “civismo” que Barcelona pretende implementar. Mediante antiguas prácticas de zonificación, se observa una voluntad política de invisibilizar esta actividad al mismo tiempo que se perpetúa la vulnerabilidad de las propias trabajadoras.Download this paper from SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1953623

  5. The Bernades herbarium in the Botanic Institute of Barcelona (BC

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    Ibáñez, N.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The BC-Bernades herbarium is one of the oldest collections conserved in the Botanical Institute of Barcelona. It contains part of the field collections of Miquel Bernades i Mainader and Miquel Bernades i Clarís, doctors of medicine and botanists of Catalonian origin living in Madrid in the 18th century. The collection consists of 817 sheets, the complete list provided in the annexe. We also present information concerning the localities of certain specific recollections, the taxonomic groups and families, as well as a list of sheets of special interest. This list contains witness of cornfield weed now very rare or extinct in Iberian lands, such as Hymenocarpos circinatus (L. Savi or Securigera securidaca (L. Degen & Dörfl , and also some of the first witness known from Spain of introduced plants, such as Aster cordifolius L. or Bidens bipinnata L.

    [es] El herbario BC-Bernades es una de las colecciones más antiguas conservadas en el Instituto Botánico de Barcelona. Contiene parte de las recolecciones de Miquel Bernades y Mainader y Miquel Bernades y Clarís, médicos y botánicos catalanes del siglo XVIII establecidos en Madrid. Consta de 817 pliegos, la relación de los cuales presentamos en un anexo. También mostramos datos sobre las localidades de recolección, grupos taxonómicos y familias presentes, y una relación de pliegos de interés. Entre estos aparecen testimonios de plantas arvenses extinguidas o muy raras en tierras ibéricas como Hymenocarpos circinatus (L. Savi o Securigera securidaca (L. Degen & Dörfl , y también algunos de los primeros testimonios conocidos en España de plantas introducidas como Aster cordifolius L. o Bidens bipinnata L. [ct] L’herbari BC-Bernades és una de les col·leccions més antigues de les conservades a l’Institut Botànic de Barcelona. Conté part de les recol·leccions de Miquel Bernades i Mainader i Miquel Bernades

  6. Chlorinated organic pesticides in marketed food: Barcelona, 2001-06

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    Fontcuberta, M. [Agencia de Salut Publica de Barcelona, ASPB, Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Av Drassanes 13, 08001 Barcelona (Spain)], E-mail: mfontcub@aspb.es; Arques, J.F.; Villalbi, J.R.; Martinez, M.; Centrich, F.; Serrahima, E.; Pineda, L.; Duran, J.; Casas, C. [Agencia de Salut Publica de Barcelona, ASPB, Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Av Drassanes 13, 08001 Barcelona (Spain)

    2008-01-15

    This paper reports concentration levels of 22 chlorinated organic compounds (both primary compounds and metabolites) in food marketed in the city of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) in 2001-06. Samples included meat products, fish and seafood, eggs, milk and dairy, vegetal oils, cereal products and derivates, vegetables, fresh fruits, dry fruits, spices, formula and baby food, tea and wine. Levels of chlorinated organic compounds were determined by gas chromatography with selective detectors: electron capture (ECD), flame photometric (FPD) and confirmation with mass-spectrometry. Chlorinated organic pesticides were detected in 7 of the 1,484 samples analyzed in the 2001-06 period (0.5%): 1 dairy product, 1 fruit, 1 olive oil and 4 vegetables. Specific pesticides detected are lindane and endosulfan {alpha}, {beta} or sulphate. A decrease in both the proportion of samples with detectable residues and in the variety of chlorinated pesticides found is visible when comparing these results with those of the previous 1989-2000 period. These results suggest the gradual disappearance of regulated chlorinated organic pesticides as a consequence of the growing worldwide implementation of current regulatory agreements.

  7. Drugs of abuse in urban groundwater. A case study: Barcelona.

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    Jurado, A.; Mastroianni, N.; Vazquez-Suñe, E.; Carrera, J.; Tubau, I.; Pujades, E.; Postigo, C.; Lopez de Alda, M.; Barceló, D.

    2012-04-01

    This study is concerned with drugs of abuse (DAs) and their metabolites in urban groundwater at field scale in relation to (1) the spatial distribution of the groundwater samples, (2) the depth of the groundwater sample, (3) the presence of DAs in recharge sources, and (4) the identification of processes affecting the fate of DAs in groundwater. To this end, urban groundwater samples were collected in the city of Barcelona and a total of 21 drugs were analyzed including cocainics, amphetamine-like compounds, opioids, lysergics and cannabinoids and the prescribed drugs benzodiazepines. Overall, the highest groundwater concentrations and the largest number of detected DAs were found in zones basically recharged by a river that receives large amounts of effluents from waste water treatment plants (WWTPs). In contrast, the urbanized areas yielded not only lower concentrations but also a much smaller number of drugs, which suggests a local origin. In fact, cocaine and its metabolite were dominant in more prosperous neighbourhoods, whereas the cheaper (MDMA) was the dominant DA in poorer districts. Concentrations of DAs estimated mainly from the waste water fraction in groundwater samples were consistently higher than the measured ones, suggesting that DAs undergo removal processes in both reducing and oxidizing conditions.

  8. Sensitivity analysis of permeability parameters for flows on Barcelona networks

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    Rarità, Luigi; D'Apice, Ciro; Piccoli, Benedetto; Helbing, Dirk

    We consider the problem of optimizing vehicular traffic flows on an urban network of Barcelona type, i.e. square network with streets of not equal length. In particular, we describe the effects of variation of permeability parameters, that indicate the amount of flow allowed to enter a junction from incoming roads. On each road, a model suggested by Helbing et al. (2007) [11] is considered: free and congested regimes are distinguished, characterized by an arrival flow and a departure flow, the latter depending on a permeability parameter. Moreover we provide a rigorous derivation of the model from fluid dynamic ones, using recent results of Bretti et al. (2006) [3]. For solving the dynamics at nodes of the network, a Riemann solver maximizing the through flux is used, see Coclite et al. (2005) [4] and Helbing et al. (2007) [11]. The network dynamics gives rise to complicate equations, where the evolution of fluxes at a single node may involve time-delayed terms from all other nodes. Thus we propose an alternative hybrid approach, introducing additional logic variables. Finally we compute the effects of variations on permeability parameters over the hybrid dynamics and test the obtained results via simulations.

  9. Ciudadanos del este de Europa consumidores de drogas en Barcelona

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    González M.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Desde mayo de 1999 hasta mayo de 2001, hemos contactado en el SAPS (Servicio de Atención Social y Sanitaria de Barcelona con usuarios de drogas de países del este de Europa. Acuden a centros terapéuticos gratuitos, aunque pagan por la organización del viaje unos 500 euros. Son jóvenes entre 18 y 30 años y mantienen el contacto con sus familiares. Conocen los riesgos de transmisión de enfermedades, pero suelen reutilizar las jeringas. Es alta la prevalencia de hepatitis C (92% y B (62% y menor la de infección por el VIH (19%. Si no abandonan las drogas, el retorno es un fracaso y tienen dificultades para proseguir los tratamientos con metadona o antirretrovirales. La respuesta asistencial ha de adecuarse a sus necesidades. Se debe procurar la mediación cultural y la información en los lugares de origen, supervisar los centros terapéuticos y diseñar alternativas a los abandonos. Hay que desarrollar la colaboración internacional, estimular programas de disminución de riesgos derivados del consumo y evitar que del tratamiento se haga un comercio.

  10. Ciudadanos del este de Europa consumidores de drogas en Barcelona Injecting drug users from Eastern Europe in Barcelona, Spain

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    M. González

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Desde mayo de 1999 hasta mayo de 2001, hemos contactado en el SAPS (Servicio de Atención Social y Sanitaria de Barcelona con usuarios de drogas de países del este de Europa. Acuden a centros terapéuticos gratuitos, aunque pagan por la organización del viaje unos 500 euros. Son jóvenes entre 18 y 30 años y mantienen el contacto con sus familiares. Conocen los riesgos de transmisión de enfermedades, pero suelen reutilizar las jeringas. Es alta la prevalencia de hepatitis C (92% y B (62% y menor la de infección por el VIH (19%. Si no abandonan las drogas, el retorno es un fracaso y tienen dificultades para proseguir los tratamientos con metadona o antirretrovirales. La respuesta asistencial ha de adecuarse a sus necesidades. Se debe procurar la mediación cultural y la información en los lugares de origen, supervisar los centros terapéuticos y diseñar alternativas a los abandonos. Hay que desarrollar la colaboración internacional, estimular programas de disminución de riesgos derivados del consumo y evitar que del tratamiento se haga un comercio.From May 1999 to May 2001, we made contact with injecting drug users from Eastern Europe in the healthcare and prevention service of the Red Cross (servicio de atención y prevención sociosanitaria [SAPS] in Barcelona (Spain. The users attended free therapeutic centers, but paid approximately 500 € for the trip. The users were aged between 18 and 30 years old and maintained family contact. The knew the risk of disease transmission, but often exchanged needles. The prevalence of hepatitis C (92% and B (62% was high but less than that of HIV (19%. If they did not stop taking drugs their return would be a failure and they would have difficulties in following methadone and antiretroviral treatments in their countries of origin. The healthcare provided in these centers should respond to user' needs: cultural mediation should be sought, as well as information from users' countries of origin

  11. French validation of the Barcelona Music Reward Questionnaire

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    Joe Saliba

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Background. The Barcelona Music Reward Questionnaire (BMRQ questionnaire investigates the main facets of music experience that could explain the variance observed in how people experience reward associated with music. Currently, only English and Spanish versions of this questionnaire are available. The objective of this study is to validate a French version of the BMRQ. Methods. The original BMRQ was translated and adapted into an international French version. The questionnaire was then administered through an online survey aimed at adults aged over 18 years who were fluent in French. Statistical analyses were performed and compared to the original English and Spanish version for validation purposes. Results. A total of 1,027 participants completed the questionnaire. Most responses were obtained from France (89.4%. Analyses revealed that congruence values between the rotated loading matrix and the ideal loading matrix ranged between 0.88 and 0.96. Factor reliabilities of subscales (i.e., Musical Seeking, Emotion Evocation, Mood Regulation, Social Reward and Sensory-Motor also ranged between 0.88 and 0.96. In addition, reliability of the overall factor score (i.e., Music reward was 0.91. Finally, the internal consistency of the overall scale was 0.85. The factorial structure obtained in the French translation was similar to that of the original Spanish and English samples. Conclusion. The French version of the BMRQ appears valid and reliable. Potential applications of the BMRQ include its use as a valuable tool in music reward and emotion research, whether in healthy individuals or in patients suffering from a wide variety of cognitive, neurologic and auditory disorders.

  12. Green spaces and spectacles use in schoolchildren in Barcelona.

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    Dadvand, Payam; Sunyer, Jordi; Alvarez-Pedrerol, Mar; Dalmau-Bueno, Albert; Esnaola, Mikel; Gascon, Mireia; De Castro Pascual, Montserrat; Basagaña, Xavier; Morgan, Ian G; Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark J

    2017-01-01

    Myopia is one of the major causes of low visual acuity during childhood, and hence of the need for spectacles. It is generally more prevalent in urban areas where children are often less exposed to green spaces than in rural areas. This study evaluated the association between exposure to green space and use of spectacles (as a surrogate measure for myopia) in a cohort of 2727 schoolchildren (7-10 years old) recruited from 39 primary schools in Barcelona (2012-2015). We assessed exposure to green spaces by characterizing outdoor surrounding greenness at home and school and during commuting using satellite data on greenness (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index). We also obtained data on the annual average time children spent playing in green spaces through questionnaires. Cross-sectional analyses were conducted based on prevalent cases of spectacles use at baseline data collection campaign and longitudinal analyses based on incident cases of spectacles use during the three-year period between the baseline and last data collection campaigns. An interquartile range (IQR) increase in exposure to green space at home (500m buffer) and school and during commuting was associated with respectively 14% (95% CI: 2%, 26%), 27% (95% CI: 6%, 44%), and 20% (95% CI: 5%, 33%) decrease in spectacles use in cross-sectional analyses. In longitudinal analyses, we observed a reduction of 23% (95% CI: 4%, 39%) and 34% (95% CI: 2%, 55%) associated with an IQR increase in greenness at home and school, respectively. Moreover, an IQR increase in time playing in green spaces was associated with a 28% (95% CI: 7%, 45%) reduction in the risk of spectacles use in the longitudinal analysis. Our observed reduced risk of spectacles use associated with higher contact with green space calls for more refined studies of the association between green spaces and refractive errors of visions.

  13. Multifunctional reactors

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    Westerterp, K.R.

    1992-01-01

    Multifunctional reactors are single pieces of equipment in which, besides the reaction, other functions are carried out simultaneously. The other functions can be a heat, mass or momentum transfer operation and even another reaction. Multifunctional reactors are not new, but they have received much

  14. Study of the medieval lead cames used in the stained glass windows of the Monastery of Pedralbes (Barcelona

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    Cortés Pizano, F.

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available This work includes an study of the glass windows of the "Monasterio de Pedralbes", in Barcelona, concerning lead as their main element.

    Se lleva a cabo un estudio de las vidrieras del Monasterio de Pedralbes, en Barcelona, en lo concerniente al plomo, como elemento principal de las mismas.

  15. A Nuclear Role for miR-9 and Argonaute Proteins in Balancing Quiescent and Activated Neural Stem Cell States

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    Shauna Katz

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Throughout life, adult neural stem cells (NSCs produce new neurons and glia that contribute to crucial brain functions. Quiescence is an essential protective feature of adult NSCs; however, the establishment and maintenance of this state remain poorly understood. We demonstrate that in the adult zebrafish pallium, the brain-enriched miR-9 is expressed exclusively in a subset of quiescent NSCs, highlighting a heterogeneity within these cells, and is necessary to maintain NSC quiescence. Strikingly, miR-9, along with Argonaute proteins (Agos, is localized to the nucleus of quiescent NSCs, and manipulating their nuclear/cytoplasmic ratio impacts quiescence. Mechanistically, miR-9 permits efficient Notch signaling to promote quiescence, and we identify the RISC protein TNRC6 as a mediator of miR-9/Agos nuclear localization in vivo. We propose a conserved non-canonical role for nuclear miR-9/Agos in controlling the balance between NSC quiescence and activation, a key step in maintaining adult germinal pools.

  16. Argonaute 2 Expression Correlates with a Luminal B Breast Cancer Subtype and Induces Estrogen Receptor Alpha Isoform Variation

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    Adrienne K. Conger

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Estrogen receptor alpha (ERα signaling pathways are frequently disrupted in breast cancer and contribute to disease progression. ERα signaling is multifaceted and many ERα regulators have been identified including transcription factors and growth factor pathways. More recently, microRNAs (miRNAs are shown to deregulate ERα activity in breast carcinomas, with alterations in both ERα and miRNA expression correlating to cancer progression. In this study, we show that a high expression of Argonaute 2 (AGO2, a translation regulatory protein and mediator of miRNA function, correlates with the luminal B breast cancer subtype. We further demonstrate that a high expression of AGO2 in ERα+ tumors correlates with a poor clinical outcome. MCF-7 breast cancer cells overexpressing AGO2 (MCF7-AGO2 altered ERα downstream signaling and selective ERα variant expression. Enhanced ERα-36, a 36 kDa ERα isoform, protein and gene expression was observed in vitro. Through quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR, we demonstrate decreased basal expression of the full-length ERα and progesterone receptor genes, in addition to loss of estrogen stimulated gene expression in vitro. Despite the loss, MCF-7-AGO2 cells demonstrated increased estrogen stimulated tumorigenesis in vivo. Together with our clinical findings on AGO2 expression and the luminal B subtype, we suggest that AGO2 is a regulator of altered ERα signaling in breast tumors.

  17. Expression of the Argonaute protein PiwiL2 and piRNAs in adult mouse mesenchymal stem cells

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    Wu, Qiuling; Ma, Qi; Shehadeh, Lina A.; Wilson, Amber; Xia, Linghui; Yu, Hong [Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Vascular Biology Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136 (United States); Webster, Keith A., E-mail: kwebster@med.miami.edu [Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Vascular Biology Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136 (United States)

    2010-06-11

    Piwi (P-element-induced wimpy testis) first discovered in Drosophila is a member of the Argonaute family of micro-RNA binding proteins with essential roles in germ-cell development. The murine homologue of PiwiL2, also known as Mili is selectively expressed in the testes, and mice bearing targeted mutations of the PiwiL2 gene are male-sterile. PiwiL2 proteins are thought to protect the germ line genome by suppressing retrotransposons, stabilizing heterochromatin structure, and regulating target genes during meiosis and mitosis. Here, we report that PiwiL2 and associated piRNAs (piRs) may play similar roles in adult mouse mesenchymal stem cells. We found that PiwiL2 is expressed in the cytoplasm of metaphase mesenchymal stem cells from the bone marrow of adult and aged mice. Knockdown of PiwiL2 with a specific siRNA enhanced cell proliferation, significantly increased the number of cells in G1/S and G2/M cell cycle phases and was associated with increased expression of cell cycle genes CCND1, CDK8, microtubule regulation genes, and decreased expression of tumor suppressors Cables 1, LATS, and Cxxc4. The results suggest broader roles for Piwi in genome surveillance beyond the germ line and a possible role in regulating the cell cycle of mesenchymal stem cells.

  18. Structural Dynamics of Human Argonaute2 and Its Interaction with siRNAs Designed to Target Mutant tdp43

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    Vishwambhar Bhandare

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The human Argonaute2 protein (Ago2 is a key player in RNA interference pathway and small RNA recognition by Ago2 is the crucial step in siRNA mediated gene silencing mechanism. The present study highlights the structural and functional dynamics of human Ago2 and the interaction mechanism of Ago2 with a set of seven siRNAs for the first time. The human Ago2 protein adopts two conformations such as “open” and “close” during the simulation of 25 ns. One of the domains named as PAZ, which is responsible for anchoring the 3′-end of siRNA guide strand, is observed as a highly flexible region. The interaction between Ago2 and siRNA, analyzed using a set of siRNAs (targeting at positions 128, 251, 341, 383, 537, 1113, and 1115 of mRNA designed to target tdp43 mutants causing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS disease, revealed the stable and strong recognition of siRNA by the Ago2 protein during dynamics. Among the studied siRNAs, the siRNA341 is identified as a potent siRNA to recognize Ago2 and hence could be used further as a possible siRNA candidate to target the mutant tdp43 protein for the treatment of ALS patients.

  19. Structural Dynamics of Human Argonaute2 and Its Interaction with siRNAs Designed to Target Mutant tdp43.

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    Bhandare, Vishwambhar; Ramaswamy, Amutha

    2016-01-01

    The human Argonaute2 protein (Ago2) is a key player in RNA interference pathway and small RNA recognition by Ago2 is the crucial step in siRNA mediated gene silencing mechanism. The present study highlights the structural and functional dynamics of human Ago2 and the interaction mechanism of Ago2 with a set of seven siRNAs for the first time. The human Ago2 protein adopts two conformations such as "open" and "close" during the simulation of 25 ns. One of the domains named as PAZ, which is responsible for anchoring the 3'-end of siRNA guide strand, is observed as a highly flexible region. The interaction between Ago2 and siRNA, analyzed using a set of siRNAs (targeting at positions 128, 251, 341, 383, 537, 1113, and 1115 of mRNA) designed to target tdp43 mutants causing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease, revealed the stable and strong recognition of siRNA by the Ago2 protein during dynamics. Among the studied siRNAs, the siRNA341 is identified as a potent siRNA to recognize Ago2 and hence could be used further as a possible siRNA candidate to target the mutant tdp43 protein for the treatment of ALS patients.

  20. The Argonaute CSR-1 and its 22G-RNA cofactors are required for holocentric chromosome segregation.

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    Claycomb, Julie M; Batista, Pedro J; Pang, Ka Ming; Gu, Weifeng; Vasale, Jessica J; van Wolfswinkel, Josien C; Chaves, Daniel A; Shirayama, Masaki; Mitani, Shohei; Ketting, René F; Conte, Darryl; Mello, Craig C

    2009-10-02

    RNAi-related pathways regulate diverse processes, from developmental timing to transposon silencing. Here, we show that in C. elegans the Argonaute CSR-1, the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase EGO-1, the Dicer-related helicase DRH-3, and the Tudor-domain protein EKL-1 localize to chromosomes and are required for proper chromosome segregation. In the absence of these factors chromosomes fail to align at the metaphase plate and kinetochores do not orient to opposing spindle poles. Surprisingly, the CSR-1-interacting small RNAs (22G-RNAs) are antisense to thousands of germline-expressed protein-coding genes. Nematodes assemble holocentric chromosomes in which continuous kinetochores must span the expressed domains of the genome. We show that CSR-1 interacts with chromatin at target loci but does not downregulate target mRNA or protein levels. Instead, our findings support a model in which CSR-1 complexes target protein-coding domains to promote their proper organization within the holocentric chromosomes of C. elegans.

  1. Poly(A-Specific Ribonuclease Mediates 3′-End Trimming of Argonaute2-Cleaved Precursor MicroRNAs

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    Mayuko Yoda

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available MicroRNAs (miRNAs are typically generated as ∼22-nucleotide double-stranded RNAs via the processing of precursor hairpins by the ribonuclease III enzyme Dicer, after which they are loaded into Argonaute (Ago proteins to form an RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC. However, the biogenesis of miR-451, an erythropoietic miRNA conserved in vertebrates, occurs independently of Dicer and instead requires cleavage of the 3′ arm of the pre-miR-451 precursor hairpin by Ago2. The 3′ end of the Ago2-cleaved pre-miR-451 intermediate is then trimmed to the mature length by an unknown nuclease. Here, using a classical chromatographic approach, we identified poly(A-specific ribonuclease (PARN as the enzyme responsible for the 3′–5′ exonucleolytic trimming of Ago2-cleaved pre-miR-451. Surprisingly, our data show that trimming of Ago2-cleaved precursor miRNAs is not essential for target silencing, indicating that RISC is functional with miRNAs longer than the mature length. Our findings define the maturation step in the miRNA biogenesis pathway that depends on Ago2-mediated cleavage.

  2. Reactor vessel

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    Makkee, M.; Kapteijn, F.; Moulijn, J.A

    1999-01-01

    A reactor vessel (1) comprises a reactor body (2) through which channels (3) are provided whose surface comprises longitudinal inwardly directed parts (4) and is provided with a catalyst (6), as well as buffer bodies (8, 12) connected to the channels (3) on both sides of the reactor body (2) and comprising connections for supplying (9, 10, 11) and discharging (13, 14, 15) via the channels (3) gases and/or liquids entering into a reaction with each other and substances formed upon this reactio...

  3. Retrato de estudio. Hombre con barba, bigote y gafas. Gumersindo Solis. Barcelona.

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    García, E.

    2010-01-01

    1 fot.; papel; imagen 25 x 30,9 cm. - Retrato de estudio. Hombre con barba, bigote y gafas. Gumersindo Solis. Barcelona. (Gelatina D. O. P. mate montada sobre cartulina, medida total 25 x 30,9. Imagen densa. Cartulina sucia. Sello troquelado del fotógrafo en margen inferior de cartulina: "E. García, Paseo del Borne, Sucursal Napoleón - Barcelona" y nombre manuscrito a tinta negra en reverso: "Gumersindo Solis"). - Procedencia: fondo Miguel de Unamuno. - Buena Conservación.

  4. Costes y beneficios de unos JJOO : La excepción de Barcelona?

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    Pasqual i Rocabert, Joan; Serrano Robles, Eloi; Trillas, Francesc

    2012-01-01

    Con posterioridad a los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona de 1992, han aparecido numerosos estudios que cuestionan la existencia de beneficios sociales netos una vez descontados los costes derivados de los grandes acontecimientos deportivos. En este trabajo se ofrece por primera vez, veinte años después de su celebración, un análisis de los juegos de Barcelona a la luz de estos estudios más recientes, y se ponen las bases conceptuales para un completo análisis coste-beneficio ex post de dicho pro...

  5. Kilns of Glass in Barcelona and its surroundings (14th-16th centuries

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    Cañellas i Martínez, Silvia

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available In spite of the municipal regulations of the Middle Ages about the prohibition of setting up kilns of glass in the cities, some remained for a long time. Barcelona is a clear example. This article is about our kilns and the information has been taken from the Archives of Barcelona. The kiln of Viladalls worked in Barcelona from the early 14th century to the end of the 15th century. Other kilns of glass could be found on the outskirts of the city or some were linked with some glaziers masters of Barcelona who worked here. We can see it in the kilns of Mallorca (1352, Badalona (1360, St. Pere de Bigues (1407-1513, St. Vicenç de Vallromanes (1439-84, and Montcada (1486- 89. A new kiln set up in Pla d’en Llull, Barcelona, in the 15th century, was the only one which had the Royal permission until the mid 16th century.

    Malgrat les disposicions municipals medievals sobre la prohibició d’installar forns de vidre dins les ciutats, alguns establiments van estar actius durant un temps considerable. La ciutat de Barcelona n’és un clar exemple. El present article se centra en les dades documentals trobades en els arxius barcelonins. A la ciutat de Barcelona, el forn de vidre de Viladalls va funcionar des de les primeries del segle XIV fins a finals del XV. Altres forns de vidre van néixer a l’entorn de la ciutat o vinculats a mestres vidriers procedents d’aquesta. És el cas dels forns de Mallorca (1352, Badalona (1360, St. Pere de Bigues (1407-1513, St. Vicenç de Vallromanes (1429-84 i Montcada (1486- 89. Al segle XV, un nou forn de vidre, situat al Pla d’en Llull, tingué l’exclusivitat en la producció de vidre a Barcelona, situació que es va mantenir fins a mitjan segle XVI.

  6. L’experiència durant el primer any de president del FC Barcelona

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    Rosell, Sandro

    2011-01-01

    Sandro Rosell i Feliu (Barcelona, 1964) és llicenciat en Ciències Empresarials i MBA per ESADE. Sempre vinculat al món dels esports tant laboralment com personalment, Rosell és soci del Futbol Club Barcelona des del 1970, va practicar el futbol a la Penya Barcelonista de Collblanc i va arribar a jugar a Segona Divisió B amb l’Hospitalet. Empresari del màrqueting esportiu i del futbol, és soci fundador de l’empresa Bonus Sports Marketing, empresa que va vendre després de ser nomenat president ...

  7. Bolívar y la batalla de Aragua de Barcelona

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    S. T. Forzán Dagger

    1963-09-01

    Full Text Available Acerca de la batalla de Aragua de Barcelona, los historiógrafos discrepan en relación a las causas de la derrota que sufrieran las fuerzas republicanas comandadas por Bolívar y el general oriental José Francisco Bermúdez, el 18 de agosto de 1814, en la Villa de Aragua de Barcelona, a manos del sanguinario español Francisco Tomás Morales; y también en el número de soldados que intervinieron.

  8. Barcelona conference on epigenetics and cancer: 50 years of histone acetylation

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    Perez-Salvia, Montserrat; Simó-Riudalbas, Laia; Ausió, Juan; Esteller, Manel

    2015-01-01

    The Barcelona Conference on Epigenetics and Cancer (BCEC) was held in Barcelona, Spain, on October 1st and 2nd, 2014. The meeting was co-organized by the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Program (PEBC-IDIBELL) and B·Debate, an initiative of Biocat, with the support of "la Caixa" Foundation. The scientific committee was comprised of leading scientists in the field of epigenetics: Dr. Manel Esteller, director of PEBC-IDIBELL, Dr. Alejandro Vaquero and Dr. Esteban Ballestar, from PEBC-IDIBELL, Jua...

  9. Trastornos menores de salud en una muestra de estudiantes de la Universidad de Barcelona

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    Icart Isern, M. Teresa (Maria Teresa); Pulpón Segura, Anna M.; Icart Isern, M. Carmen

    2006-01-01

    Introducción: conocer la prevalencia de algunos trastornos menores de salud (TMS) en una muestra de estudiantes de la Universidad de Barcelona (2004-05). Material y métodos:. El estudio se realizó en las facultades de Ciencias Económicas, Farmacia, Medicina, Psicología y Químicas y Escuela de Enfermería de la Universidad de Barcelona. Se empleó un diseño observacional, descriptivo y transversal mediante un cuestionario mixto administrada a 600 estudiantes durante el mes de diciembre de 2004. ...

  10. La Calidad en el transporte público : experiencias en el área de Barcelona

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    Sala Schnorkowski, Mercè

    1999-01-01

    Este libro recoge las diferentes políticas de gestión de la calidad en las empresas de transporte público que operan en el área de Barcelona. Incluye también una introducción al concepto de calidad y las diferentes aproximaciones que ha tenido en el mundo empresarial y, en concreto, en las empresas de servicios. En el mercado de la filosofía orientadora de Xarxa Barcelona Qualitat, este libro quiere ser un punto de encuentro para la reflexión sobre métodos, técnicas e indicadores que ayudan a...

  11. NUCLEAR REACTOR

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    Miller, H.I.; Smith, R.C.

    1958-01-21

    This patent relates to nuclear reactors of the type which use a liquid fuel, such as a solution of uranyl sulfate in ordinary water which acts as the moderator. The reactor is comprised of a spherical vessel having a diameter of about 12 inches substantially surrounded by a reflector of beryllium oxide. Conventionnl control rods and safety rods are operated in slots in the reflector outside the vessel to control the operation of the reactor. An additional means for increasing the safety factor of the reactor by raising the ratio of delayed neutrons to prompt neutrons, is provided and consists of a soluble sulfate salt of beryllium dissolved in the liquid fuel in the proper proportion to obtain the result desired.

  12. Reactor Neutrinos

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    Soo-Bong Kim

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We review the status and the results of reactor neutrino experiments. Short-baseline experiments have provided the measurement of the reactor neutrino spectrum, and their interest has been recently revived by the discovery of the reactor antineutrino anomaly, a discrepancy between the reactor neutrino flux state of the art prediction and the measurements at baselines shorter than one kilometer. Middle and long-baseline oscillation experiments at Daya Bay, Double Chooz, and RENO provided very recently the most precise determination of the neutrino mixing angle θ13. This paper provides an overview of the upcoming experiments and of the projects under development, including the determination of the neutrino mass hierarchy and the possible use of neutrinos for society, for nonproliferation of nuclear materials, and geophysics.

  13. Chemical Reactors.

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    Kenney, C. N.

    1980-01-01

    Describes a course, including content, reading list, and presentation on chemical reactors at Cambridge University, England. A brief comparison of chemical engineering education between the United States and England is also given. (JN)

  14. Study of compost maturity produced in the composting plant in Granollers (Barcelona, Spain); Estudio de la madurez del compost producido en la planta de compostaje de Granollers (Barcelona)

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    Diez Fontanet, E.; Alba Munoz, G.; Aguilera Riba, F.; Sanchez Ferrer, A.

    2000-07-01

    The following article presents the determination of important parameters, which have been traditionally used in the evaluation of the compost maturity. Compost from a tunnel plant placed in Granollers (Barcelona) has been chosen during the maturation stage. The results showed that self-heating test and organic material content are the most significant maturity indexes, whereas Solvita differed from the rest of analysis. Other important parameters, such as ion exchange capacity, water content, conductivity and pH were also determined. (Author)

  15. Reactor Neutrinos

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    Lasserre, T.; Sobel, H.W.

    2005-01-01

    We review the status and the results of reactor neutrino experiments, that toe the cutting edge of neutrino research. Short baseline experiments have provided the measurement of the reactor neutrino spectrum, and are still searching for important phenomena such as the neutrino magnetic moment. They could open the door to the measurement of coherent neutrino scattering in a near future. Middle and long baseline oscillation experiments at Chooz and KamLAND have played a relevant role in neutrin...

  16. Continuidad de la antropología tertulianea en las obras de san Paciano de Barcelona

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    López Montero, Roberto

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This article aims to reveal, through an analysis of his works, the anthropological milestones of San Pacian of Barcelona, a IV Century Hispanic author. Through them, we obtain valuable components with which to build his anthropological perspective. There is a clear continuity of thought with the theological perspective of pre-Nicene authors as important as Tertullian of Carthage. It is, moreover, possible to ask oneself if the categories of other authors in whom Asian anthropology also left its mark, such as Hilary of Poitiers, can be perceived in the Bishop of Barcelona.hitos antropológicos de San Paciano de Barcelona, autor hispano del siglo iv. Con ellos obtenemos elementos valiosos para la construcción de su esquema antropológico. Por otro lado, se muestra una clara continuidad de su pensamiento con los esquemas teológicos de autores pre-nicenos tan importantes como Tertuliano de Cartago. Cabe preguntarse, además, si se dejan sentir en el obispo de Barcelona las categorías de otros autores en quienes la antropología asiática también dejó su impronta, como Hilario de Poitiers.

  17. Spatial variability of trace elements and sources for improved exposure assessment in Barcelona

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    Cruz Minguillon, Maria; Cirach, Marta; Hoek, Gerard; Brunekreef, Bert; Tsai, Ming; de Hoogh, Kees; Jedynska, Aleksandra; Kooter, Ingeborg M.; Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark; Querol, Xavier

    2014-01-01

    Trace and major elements concentrations in PM10 and PM2.5 were measured at 20 sites spread in the Barcelona metropolitan area (1 rural background, 6 urban background, 13 road traffic sites) and at 1 reference site. Three 2-week samples per site and size fraction were collected during 2009 using low

  18. Barcelona entre restos e silêncios : a persistência da desmemoria

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    Elisa Amorim Vieira

    2009-06-01

    os relatos do escritor inglês George Orwell, testemunha dos conflitos que cercam a Barcelona revolucionária, à narrativa da série de documentários intitulada España en Guerra (1936- 39, produzida pela TVE, em 1986.

  19. Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in cancer mortality in Barcelona: 1992–2003

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    Pasarín M Isabel

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective of this study was to assess trends in cancer mortality by educational level in Barcelona from 1992 to 2003. Methods The study population comprised Barcelona inhabitants aged 20 years or older. Data on cancer deaths were supplied by the system of information on mortality. Educational level was obtained from the municipal census. Age-standardized rates by educational level were calculated. We also fitted Poisson regression models to estimate the relative index of inequality (RII and the Slope Index of Inequalities (SII. All were calculated for each sex and period (1992–1994, 1995–1997, 1998–2000, and 2001–2003. Results Cancer mortality was higher in men and women with lower educational level throughout the study period. Less-schooled men had higher mortality by stomach, mouth and pharynx, oesophagus, larynx and lung cancer. In women, there were educational inequalities for cervix uteri, liver and colon cancer. Inequalities of overall and specific types of cancer mortality remained stable in Barcelona; although a slight reduction was observed for some cancers. Conclusion This study has identified those cancer types presenting the greatest inequalities between men and women in recent years and shown that in Barcelona there is a stable trend in inequalities in the burden of cancer.

  20. Barcelona's water supply, 1867–1967 : the transition to a modern system

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    Guàrdia Bassols, Manuel; Rosselló i Nicolau, Maribel; Garriga Bosch, Sergi

    2013-01-01

    Barcelona's water supply since 14th century to 1867, the Eixample's water supply problem the development of modern water supply since 1867 to 1967 the new sanitation system impact on water consumption water's slow entry into the domestic sphere from post-war restrictions to widespread water consumption. Peer Reviewed

  1. Atmospheric dispersion of airborne pollen evidenced by near-surface and columnar measurements in Barcelona, Spain

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    Sicard, Michaël.; Izquierdo, Rebeca; Jorba, Oriol; Alarcón, Marta; Belmonte, Jordina; Comerón, Adolfo; De Linares, Concepción; Baldasano, José Maria

    2016-10-01

    Hourly measurements of pollen near-surface concentration and lidar-derived profiles of volume and particle depolarization ratios during a 5-day pollination event observed in Barcelona, Spain, between 27 - 31 March, 2015, are presented. Maximum hourly pollen concentrations of 4700 and 1200 m-3 h-1 were found for Platanus and Pinus, respectively, which represented together more than 80 % of the total pollen. . The pollen concentration was found positively correlated with temperature (correlation coefficient, r, of 0.95) and wind speed (r = 0.82) and negatively correlated with relative humidity (r = -0.18). The ground concentration shows a clear diurnal cycle although pollen activity is also detected during nighttime in three occasions and is clearly associated with periods of strong wind speeds. Everyday a clear diurnal cycle caused by the vertical transport of the airborne pollen was visible on the lidar-derived profiles of the volume depolarization ratio with maxima usually reached between 12 and 15 UT. On average the volume depolarization ratios in the pollen plume ranged between 0.08 and 0.22. Except in the cases of nocturnal pollen activity, the correlation coefficients between volume depolarization ratio and near-surface concentration are high (>0.68). The dispersion of the Platanus and Pinus in the atmosphere was simulated with the Nonhydrostatic Multiscale Meteorological Model on the B grid at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center with a newly developed Chemical Transport Model (NMMB/BSC-CTM). Model near-surface daily pollen concentrations were compared to our observations at two sites: in Barcelona and Bellaterra (12 km NE of Barcelona). Model hourly pollen concentrations were compared to our observations in Barcelona. Better results are obtained for Pinus than for Platanus. Guidelines are proposed to improve the dispersion of airborne pollen by atmospheric models.

  2. Phytophthora infestans Argonaute 1 binds microRNA and small RNAs from effector genes and transposable elements.

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    Åsman, Anna K M; Fogelqvist, Johan; Vetukuri, Ramesh R; Dixelius, Christina

    2016-08-01

    Phytophthora spp. encode large sets of effector proteins and distinct populations of small RNAs (sRNAs). Recent evidence has suggested that pathogen-derived sRNAs can modulate the expression of plant defense genes. Here, we studied the sRNA classes and functions associated with Phytophthora infestans Argonaute (Ago) proteins. sRNAs were co-immunoprecipitated with three PiAgo proteins and deep sequenced. Twenty- to twenty-two-nucleotide (nt) sRNAs were identified as the main interaction partners of PiAgo1 and high enrichment of 24-26-nt sRNAs was seen in the PiAgo4-bound sample. The frequencies and sizes of transposable element (TE)-derived sRNAs in the different PiAgo libraries suggested diversified roles of the PiAgo proteins in the control of different TE classes. We further provide evidence for the involvement of PiAgo1 in the P. infestans microRNA (miRNA) pathway. Protein-coding genes are probably regulated by the shared action of PiAgo1 and PiAgo5, as demonstrated by analysis of differential expression. An abundance of sRNAs from genes encoding host cell death-inducing Crinkler (CRN) effectors was bound to PiAgo1, implicating this protein in the regulation of the expanded CRN gene family. The data suggest that PiAgo1 plays an essential role in gene regulation and that at least two RNA silencing pathways regulate TEs in the plant-pathogenic oomycete P. infestans.

  3. Urban Governance of Employment Activation. The Case of Barcelona Activa (Spain Governança urbana em ativação do emprego: o caso de Barcelona Activa (Espanha

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    Alessandro Gentile

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Within the framework of rescaling nation-State and improving new modes of governance, activation policieshave to be interpreted as qualified initiatives for economic growth and social integration at a subnationallevel and, specifically, in regional and urban contexts. Barcelona Activa is the local agency of theBarcelona City Council (Spain designed for business improvement and employment quality through horizontalsubsidiary and public-private partnerships. This agency acts as a pivotal body of the municipaladministration in order to implement a variety of programs aimed at labour and professional empowerment,small and medium-sized companies creation and urban marketing. The paper focuses on BarcelonaActiva’s strategies, outcomes and criticisms in the current financial crisis, approaching its institutional rolefor the development of Barcelona as one of the main southern gateways to Europe.

  4. Sonochemical Reactors.

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    Gogate, Parag R; Patil, Pankaj N

    2016-10-01

    Sonochemical reactors are based on the generation of cavitational events using ultrasound and offer immense potential for the intensification of physical and chemical processing applications. The present work presents a critical analysis of the underlying mechanisms for intensification, available reactor configurations and overview of the different applications exploited successfully, though mostly at laboratory scales. Guidelines have also been presented for optimum selection of the important operating parameters (frequency and intensity of irradiation, temperature and liquid physicochemical properties) as well as the geometric parameters (type of reactor configuration and the number/position of the transducers) so as to maximize the process intensification benefits. The key areas for future work so as to transform the successful technique at laboratory/pilot scale into commercial technology have also been discussed. Overall, it has been established that there is immense potential for sonochemical reactors for process intensification leading to greener processing and economic benefits. Combined efforts from a wide range of disciplines such as material science, physics, chemistry and chemical engineers are required to harness the benefits at commercial scale operation.

  5. Structural basis for piRNA 2'-O-methylated 3'-end recognition by Piwi PAZ (Piwi/Argonaute/Zwille) domains.

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    Tian, Yuan; Simanshu, Dhirendra K; Ma, Jin-Biao; Patel, Dinshaw J

    2011-01-18

    Argonaute and Piwi proteins are key players in the RNA silencing pathway, with the former interacting with micro-RNAs (miRNAs) and siRNAs, whereas the latter targets piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) that are 2'-O-methylated (2(')-OCH(3)) at their 3' ends. Germline-specific piRNAs and Piwi proteins play a critical role in genome defense against transposable elements, thereby protecting the genome against transposon-induced defects in gametogenesis and fertility. Humans contain four Piwi family proteins designated Hiwi1, Hiwi2, Hiwi3, and Hili. We report on the structures of Hili-PAZ (Piwi/Argonaute/Zwille) domain in the free state and Hiwi1 PAZ domain bound to self-complementary 14-mer RNAs (12-bp + 2-nt overhang) containing 2(')-OCH(3) and 2'-OH at their 3' ends. These structures explain the molecular basis underlying accommodation of the 2(')-OCH(3) group within a preformed Hiwi1 PAZ domain binding pocket, whose hydrophobic characteristics account for the preferential binding of 2(')-OCH(3) over 2'-OH 3' ends. These results contrast with the more restricted binding pocket for the human Ago1 PAZ domain, which exhibits a reverse order, with preferential binding of 2'-OH over 2(')-OCH(3) 3' ends.

  6. Natural variation of the amino-terminal glutamine-rich domain in Drosophila argonaute2 is not associated with developmental defects.

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    Daniel Hain

    Full Text Available The Drosophila argonaute2 (ago2 gene plays a major role in siRNA mediated RNA silencing pathways. Unlike mammalian Argonaute proteins, the Drosophila protein has an unusual amino-terminal domain made up largely of multiple copies of glutamine-rich repeats (GRRs. We report here that the ago2 locus produces an alternative transcript that encodes a putative short isoform without this amino-terminal domain. Several ago2 mutations previously reported to be null alleles only abolish expression of the long, GRR-containing isoform. Analysis of drop out (dop mutations had previously suggested that variations in GRR copy number result in defects in RNAi and embryonic development. However, we find that dop mutations genetically complement transcript-null alleles of ago2 and that ago2 alleles with variant GRR copy numbers support normal development. In addition, we show that the assembly of the central RNAi machinery, the RISC (RNA induced silencing complex, is unimpaired in embryos when GRR copy number is altered. In fact, we find that GRR copy number is highly variable in natural D. melanogaster populations as well as in laboratory strains. Finally, while many other insects share an extensive, glutamine-rich Ago2 amino-terminal domain, its primary sequence varies drastically between species. Our data indicate that GRR variation does not modulate an essential function of Ago2 and that the amino-terminal domain of Ago2 is subject to rapid evolution.

  7. Evolution of industrial wastewater pollution in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area; Evolucion de la contaminacion industrial en las aguas residuales del area metropolitana de Barcelona

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    Mantecon Pascual, R.

    2005-07-01

    The Environmental Agency of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area has full powers regarding sewerage. Industrial wastewater emptied into the public sewer system has been monitored and analysed since 1988. the data showing the evolution of the pollution in industrial wastewater are presented, broken down by activities and parameters. These data are based on the analysis of 14,528 samples taken during 19,555 inspections of 5,655 factories. It was found that there has been a gradual improvement in the quality of the effluents. Failure to meet the requirements concerning one or more of the physico-chemical parameters fell from 71% to 39% of the samples analysed. (Author)

  8. Uudised : Estonia Seltsi Segakoor Barcelonas. TAM avab hooaja Viljandis. Meeskoor Tbilisi kontserttuur Eestis. Uus kontserdihooaeg EKMi filiaalides / Tõnu Ojala

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    2001-01-01

    ESS osaleb 19.-22. sept. Barcelonas toimuval IV rahvusvahelisel rahvalauluseadete koorifestivalil "Euroopa... ja tema laulud". TAMi kontserdist 23. sept. Viljandis. Ans. Tbilisi kontsertturneest Eestis. Uuest kontserdihooajast E. Kunstimuuseumi filiaalides

  9. Muusikamaailm : Sibeliuse preemia laureaat on Ligeti. Uusooperid Turus, Milanos, Barcelonas. Aasta dirigent on Daniel Barenboim / Priit Kuusk

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    2000-01-01

    Wihuri fondi Sibeliuse preemia sai G. Ligeti. Uusooperitest Turu toomkirikus, Milano La Scala ja Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu laval. D. Barenboim pälvis heliplaadipreemia Echo Klassik koos aasta dirigendi 2000 tiitliga

  10. La asimilación lingüística de los inmigrantes rusos en Barcelona

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    Tereshchuk, Andrei

    2017-01-01

    [spa] Esta tesis se centra en el estudio de la asimilación lingüística de los inmigrantes rusos en la provincia de Barcelona. Se analiza el contacto lingüístico del ruso y el español. La investigación se basa en 40 entrevistas realizadas con miembros de la diáspora rusohablante en la zona. Se observan las tendencias generales notadas en el español hablado por los inmigrantes rusos en Barcelona. Además, se presta atención a las interferencias españolas y catalanas en el ruso de la diáspora, y ...

  11. La asimilación lingüística de los inmigrantes rusos en Barcelona

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    Tereshchuk, Andrei

    2017-01-01

    Esta tesis se centra en el estudio de la asimilación lingüística de los inmigrantes rusos en la provincia de Barcelona. Se analiza el contacto lingüístico del ruso y el español. La investigación se basa en 40 entrevistas realizadas con miembros de la diáspora rusohablante en la zona. Se observan las tendencias generales notadas en el español hablado por los inmigrantes rusos en Barcelona. Además, se presta atención a las interferencias españolas y catalanas en el ruso de la diáspora, y se com...

  12. Multi-level Governance as an Alternative: The Municipality of Barcelona and the Ciutat Refugi Plan

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    Ezgi Irgil

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyses the response of the Municipality of Barcelona to the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe as an alternative solution that challenges the national government’s restrictive approach. This response introduces the Ciutat Refugi Plan with a city-to-city network at the municipal level that involves other European cities in creating safe routes for refugees at the local government level. In line with multi-level governance theory, I argue that central governments’ inaction has pressured local governments to take action during the Syrian refugee influx. Relying on the influence of local government networks, the Municipality of Barcelona uses discourse as a tool of action in opening discursive spaces for humanitarian political responses to the refugee crisis. Using critical discourse analysis, I test this argument by examining in-depth interviews, speeches of people in power that have appeared in news articles, and statements on official websites.

  13. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by the University of Barcelona

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    2013-01-01

    Future Learning is an initiative at the University of Barcelona - Faculty of Pedagogy and Education - aimed at developing research on the educational, cultural and socio-economic aspects of the use of ICT in learning settings, with special emphasis on virtual learning and eLearning. In the framework of the PATHWAY EU project, Future Learning is leading a series of teacher training activities around the CERN mini-exhibition that is touring Spain this year.

  14. Rehabilitación de la Casa del Agua (Trinitat Nova, Barcelona)

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    Duarte Fernández-Cueto, Íñigo

    2016-01-01

    EL proyecto propone la rehablitación de la casa del Agua en Trinitat Nova, un antiguo depósito de agua en este barrio de Barcelona. Se proyecta un sistema de cerramientos que comparten la luz y las solicitaciones técnicas, respetando la naturaleza del depósito y poniendo en valor su arquitectura. El nuevo programa responde a biblioteca + centro cívico.

  15. Reinventing the Rose of Fire: Anarchism and the Movements against Corporate Globalization in Barcelona

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    Jeffrey Juris

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo investiga las intersecciones entre la praxis del anarquismo clásico y el activismo de las organizaciones anti-globalización en Barcelona. Esto se inserta dentro de un debate favorable entre dos claves literarias, poniendo mis argumentos en contraste, todavía últimamente relacionados en diversas direcciones. Primero, en diálogo con la obra de José Álvarez-Junco sobre los “dos anarquismos” en España, me sugirió que los movimientos anti-globalización en Cataluña no sólo reflejan los principios tradicionales del anarquismo, que son claramente comunitarias.  En segundo lugar, contribuyo a las recientes discusiones en torno a los vínculos entre anarquismo y movimiento anti-globalización.Palabras clave: anarquismo, movimiento anti-globalización, Barcelona__________________________ABSTRACT:This article explores the intersections between classic anarchist praxis and contemporary anti-corporate globalization activism in Barcelona. It engages in a sympathetic debate with two key literatures, pushing my argument in contrasting, yet ultimately related directions. First, in conversation with José Alvarez-Junco’s work on the “two anarchisms” in Spain,  I suggest that anti-corporate globalization movements in Catalonia not only reflect traditional anarchist principles, these are distinctly communitarian. Second, I also contribute to recent discussions regarding the links between anarchism and anti-corporate globalization among politically engaged scholars.Keywords: anarchism, anti-globalization movement, Barcelona

  16. A review of taste and odour events in Barcelona's drinking water area (1990-2004).

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    Boleda, M R; Díaz, A; Martí, I; Martín-Alonso, J; Matia, L; Romero, J; Ventura, F

    2007-01-01

    The main, relevant, solved problems associated with taste and odour incidents in Barcelona's drinking water area in the last 14 years are reviewed. Events produced by creosote, dioxanes and dioxolanes, dicylopentadiene, and diacetyl, among the anthropogenic compounds; geosmin, MIB and iodinated trihalomethanes and chlorobromoanisoles as examples of compounds of natural origin are exemplified. The determination of the odour threshold concentrations of selected odorous compounds is also shown as a tool to gain a better knowledge of future taste and odour events.

  17. La petjada ecològica dels nostres desplaçaments per Barcelona

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    2006-01-01

    Els nostres hàbits produeixen un impacte, una petjada ecològica, i gràcies a aquest indicador de sostenibilitat, podem mesurar-ho. Partint de tot això, un grup d'investigadors de la UAB ha creat una metodologia que permet calcular l'impacte ambiental d'una activitat específica: l'ús del transport urbà a Barcelona. Com és de gran la teva petjada?

  18. Dust modelling and forecasting in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center: Activities and developments

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    Perez, C; Baldasano, J M; Jimenez-Guerrero, P; Jorba, O; Haustein, K; Basart, S [Earth Sciences Department. Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Barcelona (Spain); Cuevas, E [Izanaa Atmospheric Research Center. Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia, Tenerife (Spain); Nickovic, S [Atmospheric Research and Environment Branch, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva (Switzerland)], E-mail: carlos.perez@bsc.es

    2009-03-01

    The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is the National Supercomputer Facility in Spain, hosting MareNostrum, one of the most powerful Supercomputers in Europe. The Earth Sciences Department of BSC operates daily regional dust and air quality forecasts and conducts intensive modelling research for short-term operational prediction. This contribution summarizes the latest developments and current activities in the field of sand and dust storm modelling and forecasting.

  19. El debate arquitectónico en Barcelona en las postrimerías del franquismo

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    Antonio Pizza

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available El artículo analiza el debate arquitectónico desarrollado en Barcelona en los últimos años de vigencia del régimen franquista, intentando evidenciar las posiciones defendidas por los diferentes protagonistas y sus relaciones con las cuestiones afrontadas en el panorama internacional. Asimismo, se tiene en cuenta que en este contexto cualquier reivindicación cultural se convertía inevitablemente en contestación de lo existente.

  20. Detección de galerías de agua en Barcelona

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    Caselles Magallón, Josep Oriol; Clapes Boixader, Jaime; Osorio Gómez, Raúl; Pujades Beneit, Lluís; Canas Torres, José Antonio; Pérez Gracia, María de la Vega

    2004-01-01

    Several zones of the northern part of Barcelona City have old water mining galleries located in the upper part of the granite formation. These galleries are now out of use and their localization are unkown. This fact involves some problemes when foundations are built near or over them. Usually geothecnical or geophysical prospecting are only carried out to detect these underground galleries when foundation has been already built and, therefore, geophysical prospecting is more difficult and ha...

  1. de Barcelona: los cambios de la ciudad en la últimas tres décadas

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    J. A. Burriel Moreno

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Barcelona presenta una importante dinámica en su estructura urbana, con repercusiones en el medio ambiente. Para la gestión y la planificación a escala municipal se precisa saber cómo se estructura la ciudad y cómo cambia en el tiempo. En este trabajo se presenta el Mapa ecológico de Barcelona (MEB, que cuenta con tres ediciones y recoge casi tres décadas (1977- 2004 de cambios en la estructura de la ciudad. En él, se representan las zonas ecológicas que componen el sistema urbano, es decir, distintos tipos de zonas naturales, seminaturales, y urbanizadas. De la tercera edición, cabe destacar su alto nivel de resolución gracias a que las imágenes de base son ortofotos color con un píxel de 0.5 m, y que la leyenda jerárquica presenta, en su máximo detalle, 58 categorías. Los principales resultados de la comparación entre ediciones del MEB muestran el proceso de densificación urbana sufrido por Barcelona a costa de cultivos y solares sin edificar, agotando prácticamente el suelo libre del municipio, pero también la recuperación del bosque, y el importante aumento de zonas verdes.

  2. Repositioning of Barcelona's Image in the Light of a Redefinition of the Urban Tourism Planning Model

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    Josep-Francesc Valls

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El modelo de desarrollo urbanístico-turístico de Barcelona en los últimos quince años ha obtenido un éxito extraordinario en cuanto a número de visitantes, pernoctaciones, llegadas de pasajeros de cruceros, incremento de camas hoteleras y visitas a monumentos de pago. De este modo, la ciudad se ha convertido en una de las ciudades más visitadas de Europa y de mayor crecimiento del número de turistas. Pero, este crecimiento cuantitativo ha generado masificación turística, concentración en determinados barrios, enfrentamiento por el uso del espacio urbano entre turistas y residentes, además de generar algunas deficiencias infraestructurales como la conectividad y la intermodalidad. Estos problemas amenazan la posición competitiva de Barcelona. Este artículo revisa la competitividad entre las ciudades, comparando Barcelona con otras diez ciudades europeas. A partir de un análisis cualitativo a los players internos y externos y de un Estudio Delphi con players externos, se exploran las correcciones que hay que introducir en el modelo y los vectores del repo- sicionamiento. Esta nueva posición refuerza la competitividad en base a tres objetivos: la sostenibilidad del modelo, la gestión integral de la metrópolis turística y su gobernanza, y la orientación al cliente.

  3. Modern design and safety analysis of the University of Florida Training Reactor

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    Jordan, K.A., E-mail: kjordan@ufl.edu [University of Florida, 106 UFTR Bldg., PO Box 116400, Gainesville, FL 32611-6400 (United States); Springfels, D., E-mail: dspringfels@ufl.edu [University of Florida, 106 UFTR Bldg., PO Box 116400, Gainesville, FL 32611-6400 (United States); Schubring, D., E-mail: dlschubring@ufl.edu [University of Florida, 202 Nuclear Science Building, PO Box 118300, Gainesville, FL 32611-8300 (United States)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • A new safety analysis of the University of Florida Training Reactor is presented. • This analysis uses modern codes and replaces the NRC approved analysis from 1982. • Reduction in engineering margin confirms that the UFTR is a negligible risk reactor. • Safety systems are not required to ensure that safety limits are not breached. • Negligible risk reactors are ideal for testing digital I&C equipment. - Abstract: A comprehensive series of neutronics and thermal hydraulics analyses were conducted to demonstrate the University of Florida Training Reactor (UFTR), an ARGONAUT type research reactor, as a negligible risk reactor that does not require safety-related systems or components to prevent breach of a safety limit. These analyses show that there is no credible UFTR accident that would result in major fuel damage or risk to public health and safety. The analysis was based on two limiting scenarios, whose extremity bound all other accidents of consequence: (1) the large step insertion of positive reactivity and (2) the release of fission products due to mechanical damage to a spent fuel plate. The maximum step insertion of positive reactivity was modeled using PARET/ANL software and shows a maximum peak fuel temperature of 283.2 °C, which is significantly below the failure limit of 530 °C. The exposure to the staff and general public was calculated for the worst-case fission product release scenario using the ORIGEN-S and COMPLY codes and was shown to be 6.5% of the annual limit. Impacts on reactor operations and an Instrumentation & Control System (I&C) upgrade are discussed.

  4. Hybrid adsorptive membrane reactor

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    Tsotsis, Theodore T. (Inventor); Sahimi, Muhammad (Inventor); Fayyaz-Najafi, Babak (Inventor); Harale, Aadesh (Inventor); Park, Byoung-Gi (Inventor); Liu, Paul K. T. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A hybrid adsorbent-membrane reactor in which the chemical reaction, membrane separation, and product adsorption are coupled. Also disclosed are a dual-reactor apparatus and a process using the reactor or the apparatus.

  5. D and DR Reactors

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The world's second full-scale nuclear reactor was the D Reactor at Hanford which was built in the early 1940's and went operational in December of 1944.D Reactor ran...

  6. Hybrid adsorptive membrane reactor

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    Tsotsis, Theodore T.; Sahimi, Muhammad; Fayyaz-Najafi, Babak; Harale, Aadesh; Park, Byoung-Gi; Liu, Paul K. T.

    2011-03-01

    A hybrid adsorbent-membrane reactor in which the chemical reaction, membrane separation, and product adsorption are coupled. Also disclosed are a dual-reactor apparatus and a process using the reactor or the apparatus.

  7. Prokaryotic homologs of Argonaute proteins are predicted to function as key components of a novel system of defense against mobile genetic elements

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    van der Oost John

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In eukaryotes, RNA interference (RNAi is a major mechanism of defense against viruses and transposable elements as well of regulating translation of endogenous mRNAs. The RNAi systems recognize the target RNA molecules via small guide RNAs that are completely or partially complementary to a region of the target. Key components of the RNAi systems are proteins of the Argonaute-PIWI family some of which function as slicers, the nucleases that cleave the target RNA that is base-paired to a guide RNA. Numerous prokaryotes possess the CRISPR-associated system (CASS of defense against phages and plasmids that is, in part, mechanistically analogous but not homologous to eukaryotic RNAi systems. Many prokaryotes also encode homologs of Argonaute-PIWI proteins but their functions remain unknown. Results We present a detailed analysis of Argonaute-PIWI protein sequences and the genomic neighborhoods of the respective genes in prokaryotes. Whereas eukaryotic Ago/PIWI proteins always contain PAZ (oligonucleotide binding and PIWI (active or inactivated nuclease domains, the prokaryotic Argonaute homologs (pAgos fall into two major groups in which the PAZ domain is either present or absent. The monophyly of each group is supported by a phylogenetic analysis of the conserved PIWI-domains. Almost all pAgos that lack a PAZ domain appear to be inactivated, and the respective genes are associated with a variety of predicted nucleases in putative operons. An additional, uncharacterized domain that is fused to various nucleases appears to be a unique signature of operons encoding the short (lacking PAZ pAgo form. By contrast, almost all PAZ-domain containing pAgos are predicted to be active nucleases. Some proteins of this group (e.g., that from Aquifex aeolicus have been experimentally shown to possess nuclease activity, and are not typically associated with genes for other (putative nucleases. Given these observations, the apparent extensive

  8. Acidentes de trabalho em Barcelona (Espanha, no período de 1992-1993 Work accidents in Barcelona (Spain, from 1992 to 1993

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    Rosana F. Sampaio

    1998-08-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: As estatísticas dos acidentes de trabalho, como qualquer outro sistema de notificação, devem servir de base para determinar prioridades e decidir quais medidas preventivas devem ser adotadas. Neste contexto, o objetivo do estudo é aprofundar a análise dos acidentes de trabalho através da utilização de técnicas estatísticas descritivas que permitam estabelecer a relação entre o número de acidentes de trabalho ocorridos em Barcelona (Espanha e as variáveis tipo de acidente, setor econômico, tamanho da empresa e tipo de contrato. MÉTODO: Como fonte de dados foi utilizado o sistema de notificação de acidentes graves e mortais ocorridos na cidade de Barcelona (Espanha, entre 1992 e 1993. Foram examinados 848 registros de acidentes de trabalho em trabalhadores do sexo masculino e a partir desses dados efetuou-se uma análise mediante modelos log-lineares. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados evidenciam que os acidentes traumáticos e o setor de construção têm uma associação positiva, verificada, da mesma forma, entre os acidentes de trânsito e o setor de serviços. Os acidentes traumáticos e de trânsito apresentaram uma associação com as pequenas empresas e os acidentes não traumáticos demonstraram associar-se com as grandes empresas. Verificou-se, ainda, associação entre os trabalhadores temporais e o setor da construção frente aos trabalhadores com contrato fixo, em que se constatou uma associação com os setores de indústria e de serviços. Foi verificada associação positiva entre os acidentes ocorridos com os trabalhadores temporais e as pequenas e médias empresas.INTRODUCTION: The statistics related to labor accidents as with any other notification system ought to be the basis for programs and policies with a view to the adoption of preventive measures. In order to establish preventive norms, however, the health system needs data from researchers focussing on the dynamics of and the pitfalls

  9. Factores relacionados con el acoso escolar (bullying en los adolescentes de Barcelona Factors related to bullying in adolescents in Barcelona (Spain

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    Xavier Garcia Continente

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: La violencia y el acoso escolar constituyen un problema social y de salud que ha generado una gran alarma en los últimos años. En este estudio se describe el acoso escolar y los factores relacionados en estudiantes de Barcelona. Métodos: Estudio transversal de una muestra representativa de 2.727 estudiantes de 66 centros escolares de secundaria de Barcelona. Se definió «acoso escolar» como haber sido objeto de burla, golpeado o marginado cuatro o más veces, o al menos una vez en cada uno de los ítems, en los últimos 12 meses. Se realizó un análisis de regresión logística bivariado y multivariado para estudiar la relación entre el acoso y diversos factores, incluyendo variables sociodemográficas, actitudes y comportamientos. Resultados: La prevalencia de acoso escolar fue del 18,2%, 10,9% y 4,3% en chicos, y del 14,4%, 8,5% y 4,5% en chicas de 2º y 4º de educación secundaria obligatoria y 2º de bachillerato o ciclos formativos de grado medio, respectivamente. Los factores que se asociaron con un incremento de la probabilidad de padecer acoso fueron el estado de ánimo negativo y la conducta violenta, mientras que tener mayor edad, el consumo de riesgo de alcohol, el consumo de cannabis e ir a bares y discotecas se asociaron negativamente. Conclusiones: Los resultados confirman la relevancia del problema del acoso escolar en nuestro medio, y señalan diversos factores asociados, como el estado de ánimo negativo y varios comportamientos de riesgo, que deberían ser analizados con detalle en estudios longitudinales para diseñar e implementar programas preventivos apropiados.Objectives: Violence and bullying in the school setting are a serious social and health problem that have created great alarm in the last few years. We aimed to describe bullying and factors related to this phenomenon in students in the city of Barcelona. Methods: We performed a cross-sectional study of a representative sample of 2,727 students

  10. Capitalidad autonómica y proceso de terciarización: el caso de Barcelona

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    Alberich González, Joan

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Barcelona has been since many years ago the functional centre of a vast territory, beyond the strict scope of Catalonia. From this fact, the aim of the study is to determine whether the regional capital of Barcelona and the general process of tertiarisation, two phenomena almost contemporary, have reinforced its centrality and if they have done with greater intensity than in other cities from the Catalan urban system. In agreement with this, we have divided this work into two sections. The first one analyzes the evolution of jobs of Barcelona and the Catalan cities of over 50,000 inhabitants from the late 1980s and the first decade of the 21st century and their distribution by activity branches. The second part, as an example of this tertiarisation process, we analyze the functional change and valorisation of a Barcelona’s old obsolete industrial area for its renewal into an advanced tertiary sector use, known as district 22@.Barcelona es desde hace muchos años el centro funcional de un extenso territorio, que va más allá del ámbito estricto de Cataluña. A partir de esta realidad, el objetivo del trabajo es conocer si la capitalidad autonómica de Barcelona y el proceso general de terciarización, dos fenómenos casi contemporáneos, han reforzado su centralidad y si lo han hecho con mayor intensidad que en otras ciudades del sistema urbano catalán. De acuerdo con este planteamiento, hemos dividido este trabajo en dos apartados. El primero analiza la evolución de los puestos de trabajo y su distribución por ramas de actividad de Barcelona y las ciudades catalanas de más de 50.000 habitantes entre finales de la década de 1980 y la primera década del siglo XXI . La segunda parte, como un ejemplo de este proceso de terciarización, analiza el cambio funcional y la puesta en valor de un antiguo espacio industrial barcelonés en desuso, para su reconversión en uso del terciario avanzado, el llamado distrito 22@. [fr] Barcelone a

  11. Reactor and method of operation

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    Wheeler, John A.

    1976-08-10

    A nuclear reactor having a flattened reactor activity curve across the reactor includes fuel extending over a lesser portion of the fuel channels in the central portion of the reactor than in the remainder of the reactor.

  12. Innovar en la gestión de servicios de salud pública: la experiencia de la Agencia de Salud Pública de Barcelona Innovating the service management of public health: the experience of the Barcelona Public Health Agency (Spain

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    Joan Guix

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    Full Text Available Se describe la evolución de la prestación de servicios de salud pública en la ciudad de Barcelona hasta la creación de la Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona. La Agencia es un ente consorcial del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona y la Generalitat de Catalunya, como único gestor de las competencias locales y autonómicas en salud pública para la ciudad. Se analiza la lógica de su construcción, su definición de misión, visión y valores, estrategia y catálogo de servicios, así como el rol de la dirección en el conjunto del proceso. Se detallan aspectos de los planes de comunicación y calidad, la estructuración por procesos, y su política de alianzas en los terrenos de docencia e investigación en salud pública, para acabar enumerando los principales retos de futuro que para esta organización se presentan.We describe the evolution of the organization of public health services in the city of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain until the creation of the Barcelona Public Health Agency. This Agency is a consortium created by the Barcelona City Council and the Government of Catalonia as the sole entity responsible for regional and local public health services in the city. The underlying logic for the Agency’s design, as well as its mission, vision and value statements, strategy, services’ portfolio, and the role of leadership in the process, are analyzed. Aspects related to the Agency’s quality and communication plans, as well as the design of its processes, and its policy in terms of alliances for research and training in public health, are discussed. Finally, the main challenges for the future are described.

  13. Análisis del handling de equipaje en el aeropuerto de Barcelona

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    La presente Tesina tiene como objeto el analizar desde un punto de vista global el Handling de Equipajes, uno de los sistemas claves para el buen funcionamiento de las nuevas terminales aeroportuarias y sobretodo de las grandes terminales que pretenden dar servicio de nodo de conexión hub a las compañías aéreas. Para ello, analizamos el caso particular de la nueva Terminal 1 del Aeropuerto de Barcelona, inaugurada en Junio del 2009, que junto con la construcción de la tercera pista, ha pe...

  14. Reinventing the Rose of Fire: Anarchism and the Movements against Corporate Globalization in Barcelona

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    Jeffrey Juris

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available This article explores the intersections between classic anarchist praxis and contemporary anti-corporate globalization activism in Barcelona. It engages in a sympathetic debate with two key literatures, pushing my argument in contrasting, yet ultimately related directions. I differ with accounts that emphasize an identity, arguing instead that anti-corporate globalizationmovements involve a confluence between anarchist principles and emerging networking logics associated with late capitalism. Given this affinity, anarchism is one among several related positions radicals adopt in particular contexts. Indeed, radical identities reflect a growing emphasis on multiplicity, openness, andflexibility. Attention to such specificities is important for analytical and strategic reasons.

  15. Assessing public leadership styles for innovation: A comparison of Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Barcelona

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    Ricard, Lykke Margot; Klijn, Erik Hans; Lewis, Jenny M.;

    2016-01-01

    This article explores which leadership qualities public managers regard as important for public innovation. It is based on a survey of 365 senior public managers in Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Barcelona. Five perspectives on leadership were identified and tested using a number of items. Some...... of these proved to be more robust than others. Analysis of the three cities reveals a nuanced set of leadership styles, which include a transformational style, and one that is more dedicated to motivating employees, risk-taking and including others in decision-making. This suggests the need for more research...

  16. La Construcción de templos parroquiales en Barcelona entre 1952 y 2000

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    Gómez Val, Ricardo

    2012-01-01

    La investigación llevada a cabo en esta tesis doctoral se ha centrado en el análisis de los templos parroquiales construidos en la ciudad de Barcelona, desde 1952 al año 2000. En total se trata de cincuenta y seis iglesias iniciadas y finalizadas durante este periodo. Estos edificios tienen la característica de haber sido construidos en momentos de expansión urbanística y de experimentación y desarrollo de nuevas técnicas constructivas como fueron el uso del hormigón armado y d...

  17. NADBA : núcleo de aprendizaje para el decrecimeinto de Barcelona

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    Carniello del Vecchio, Verónica

    2011-01-01

    El ejercicio trata del recupero de una nave industrial y de una parte del tejido construido contiguo a la Rambla del Raval para su reconversión a Núcleo de Aprendizaje para el Decrecimiento de Barcelona (NADBA): un centro cívico poli-funcional integrado en el funcionamiento ecológico de la ciudad. El carácter industrial de los espacios de taller se une a la “estética verde” para poder incorporar las técnicas de aprovechamiento del calor solar, la construcción con madera estructural para la re...

  18. The fascistization of the italian schools abroad. The case of Barcelona (1922-1931

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    Rubén DOMÍNGUEZ MÉNDEZ

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The Italian schools abroad suffered their progressive fascistization from 1922. This opened a new channel of propaganda of totalitarian ideology within vital centers for the training of youth. This article makes a case study about these processes abroad, which haven’t yet received enough attention by the historiography, focused on the city of Barcelona. We’ve used archivist documents to know the steps taken in the following aspects: situate the schools in the fascist orbit, exercise an iron surveillance of teachers, establish a new educational program and introduce the students in the fascist youth organization.

  19. Los Food trucks en el espacio público de Barcelona : escenario actual y sus oportunidades

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    Burbano de Lara Pérez, Lorena

    2015-01-01

    El presente Trabajo de Fin de Master tiene por objetivo estudiar, desde un punto de vista un poco particular, los espacios públicos y las actividades sociales, culturales y comerciales, que se están desarrollando en los mismos, específicamente de la ciudad de Barcelona. Dicho estudio, se ha de realizar a través de un análisis del fenómeno de los Food Trucks y el Street Food que, durante los últimos dos años, ha tomado mucha fuerza y reconocimiento, siendo una alternativa comercial presente en...

  20. Child exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollutants in schools in Barcelona, Spain.

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    Rivas, I; Viana, M; Moreno, T; Pandolfi, M; Amato, F; Reche, C; Bouso, L; Àlvarez-Pedrerol, M; Alastuey, A; Sunyer, J; Querol, X

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    Proximity to road traffic involves higher health risks because of atmospheric pollutants. In addition to outdoor air, indoor air quality contributes to overall exposure. In the framework of the BREATHE study, indoor and outdoor air pollution was assessed in 39 schools in Barcelona. The study quantifies indoor and outdoor air quality during school hours of the BREATHE schools. High levels of fine particles (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), equivalent black carbon (EBC), ultrafine particle (UFP) number concentration and road traffic related trace metals were detected in school playgrounds and indoor environments. PM2.5 almost doubled (factor of 1.7) the usual urban background (UB) levels reported for Barcelona owing to high school-sourced PM2.5 contributions: [1] an indoor-generated source characterised mainly by organic carbon (OC) from organic textile fibres, cooking and other organic emissions, and by calcium and strontium (chalk dust) and; [2] mineral elements from sand-filled playgrounds, detected both indoors and outdoors. The levels of mineral elements are unusually high in PM2.5 because of the breakdown of mineral particles during playground activities. Moreover, anthropogenic PM components (such as OC and arsenic) are dry/wet deposited in this mineral matter. Therefore, PM2.5 cannot be considered a good tracer of traffic emissions in schools despite being influenced by them. On the other hand, outdoor NO2, EBC, UFP, and antimony appear to be good indicators of traffic emissions. The concentrations of NO2 are 1.2 times higher at schools than UB, suggesting the proximity of some schools to road traffic. Indoor levels of these traffic-sourced pollutants are very similar to those detected outdoors, indicating easy penetration of atmospheric pollutants. Spatial variation shows higher levels of EBC, NO2, UFP and, partially, PM2.5 in schools in the centre than in the outskirts of Barcelona, highlighting the influence of traffic emissions. Mean child exposure to

  1. Urban Project Revisited From Urban Metabolism Principles: Reflections From the UpCycle Workshop in Barcelona

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    Grulois, Geoffrey; Crosas Armengol, Carles

    2015-01-01

    Since the 1980s, the discipline of urbanism in Western Europe has shifted from the abstract regulatory approach of zoning to a more qualitative practice pointing toward the notion of “urban project”. This shift from the more orthodox planning to an urban project strategy focuses on proximity to architecture, requalification of public space and is characterized by the so called “intermediate scale”. The urban renewal of Barcelona for the Olympic Games of 1992, the publication of UR-Urbanismo R...

  2. The disarticulated forms of neoliberal urbanism in the XXI century: the case of Barcelona Forum 2004

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    Angelino Mazza

    2012-01-01

    The contradictions within the policies of requalification of the City of Barcelona have become more evident in relation to some of the most recent urban transformations, as in the case of the project for the renewal of the Diagonal-Mar area; urban space where the Forum of Cultures 2004 has been held. The Forum turned into a failure, according to the paradigm of the criticisms, on the cultural and, above all, political (or marketing) level; in its urban dimension, it has been the expression of...

  3. El turisme de compres i la figura del Globe Shopper a Barcelona

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    Ruiz Castro, Ainhoa

    2015-01-01

    El següent treball de recerca presenta i analitza un recent fenomen mundial, el turisme de compres, i ho fa tenint Barcelona com escenari principal. Així mateix, introdueix la figura del Globe shopper o comprador global, un tipus de turista de gran interès per a les destinacions a causa del seu elevat poder adquisitiu i de compra. Actualment, aquest comprador global prové sobretot de països emergents com la Xina o Rússia. El siguiente trabajo de investigación presenta y analiza un reciente...

  4. Analysis of the radiometric survey during the Argonauta reactor operation; Analise do levantamento radiometrico durante operacao do reator Argonauta

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    Oliveira, Eara de S.L.; Cardozo, Katia K.M.; Silva, Joao Carlos P.; Santos, Joao Regis dos, E-mail: esluz@ien.gov.br, E-mail: cardozo@ien.gov.br, E-mail: jcarlos@ien.gov.br, E-mail: regis@ien.gov.br [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (CNEN-IEN/RJ), Rio de Janeiro - RJ (Brazil)

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    The Argonaut reactor at the Institute of Nuclear Engineering-IEN/CNEN, operates normally, the powers between 1.7 and 340 W on neutrongraphy procedures, production of radionuclides and experimental reactor physics lessons to postgraduate courses. The doses from neutrons and gamma radiation are measured when the reactor is critical, inside the reactor hall and surrounding regions. A study of the data obtained was performed to evaluate the daily need of this survey in the reactor hall. Taking into account the principle ALARA, which aims to optimize and minimize the dose received by the individual, we propose, in this work, through an analysis of the acquired data in occupational radiometric surveys, a reformulation of the area monitoring routine practiced by the team of radiological protection of the Institute of Nuclear Engineering - IEN/CNEN-RJ, whereas other monitoring routines regarding the radiological protection are also applied in the routine of the reactor. The operations under review occurred with the reactor operating 340 W power at intervals of 60, 120 and 180 minutes, in monitoring points in controlled areas, supervised and free. The results showed significant dose values in the output of the J-Channel 9 when the operation occurs with this open. With 180 minutes of operation, the measured values of dose rate were lower than the values at 60 min and 120 operations min. At the point in the supervised area, offsite to the reactor hall, situated in the direction of the J-Channel 9, the value reduces more than 14% in any operating time in relation to the dose rate measured at the point opposite the canal. There is a 50% reduction in the dose rates for operations with and J-9 closed. The results suggest a new frequency of radiometric survey whose mode of operation is maintained in similar conditions, since combined with other relevant practices of radiation protection.

  5. La restauración de la iglesia de Sant Quirze de Pedret (Barcelona, España

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    González Moreno-Navarro, Antoni

    1996-10-01

    Full Text Available Sant Quirze de Pedret is a small church built on late first millennium of our era. It belongs to the Town Council of Berga (province of Barcelona. Its Romanesque and pre- Romanesque paintings, found in 1922 and 1937 and kept in Barcelona and Solsona, enjoy international recognition. However, the first restoration carried out by the province county council of Barcelona (1959-1964 evidenced the successive phases of construction, and the evolution of its masonry is often subject to polemics. Twenty five years later a new restoration was needed. To complete the reconstruction initiated in 1959 and after thorough historical studies, mural paintings (originals and reproductions are once again decorating its walls.

    Sant Quirze de Pedret es una pequeña iglesia de finales del primer milenio propiedad del ayuntamiento de Berga (provincia de Barcelona. Es conocida internacional mente por las pinturas románicas y prerrománicas halladas en 1922 y 1937, conservadas en Barcelona y Sobona. La evolución de su fábrica ha sido, a menudo, origen de polémica. La primera restauración realizada por la Diputación de Barcelona (1959-1964, sin embargo, evidenció las sucesivas fases de construcción. Transcurridos 25 años fue necesaria una nueva restauración, también a cargo de la Diputación. Se completaron los estudios históricos y la reconstrucción formal iniciada en 1959 y las pinturas murales (originales o reproducidas han vuelto a decorar los muros.

  6. Análisis de la prestación de servicios a inmigrantes en la red Bibliotecas de Barcelona

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    Cervantes-Martínez, Luisa

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to analyze the quality of library service provision to immigrants in the Bibliotecas de Barcelona network using as a reference IFLA’s Multicultural Communities: Guidelines for Library Services. By adopting these guidelines, public libraries can become environments capable of facilitating social cohesion, knowledge and cultural exchange, as well as interaction between users from different cultures. To carry out this study, several information sources were reviewed and two library managers from the Barcelona Library Consortium were interviewed. The results show a high level of compliance with the Guidelines by the Bibliotecas de Barcelona network. The possible implications of these results are discussed in relation to the role of public libraries as spaces of interaction and cultural exchange.El objetivo de este artículo es analizar la calidad de la prestación de servicios bibliotecarios a inmigrantes en la red Bibliotecas de Barcelona utilizando como referencia el documento Comunidades Multiculturales: Directrices para el Servicio Bibliotecario, elaborado por la International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA. La adopción de estas Directrices convierte a las bibliotecas públicas en entornos que pueden facilitar la cohesión social, el conocimiento e intercambio cultural y la interacción entre usuarios de distintas culturas. Para llevar a cabo este estudio se han revisado distintas fuentes de información y se ha entrevistado a dos responsables del Consorcio de Bibliotecas de Barcelona. Los resultados obtenidos evidencian la existencia de un alto nivel de cumplimiento de las Directrices en la red Bibliotecas de Barcelona. Se discuten las posibles implicaciones de estos resultados en relación con el papel de las bibliotecas públicas como espacios de interacción e intercambio cultural.

  7. Guillem Eimeric, a Jurist of a Patrician Family of Barcelona († 1301

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    Batlle i Gallart, Carme

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    Full Text Available The aim of this article is to draw the biography of Guillem Eimeric, a Jurist born in Barcelona, who lived in the second half of 13th century. The study is based on the Guillem Eimeric’s will and on the inventory of his properties and goods. Among his goods, his rich Library deserves to be especially mentionned. The paper finishes with a study of the lineage from Eimeric de Perusia and with an analysis of the banking affairs of his relatives.

    L’objecte d’aquest article és traçar la biografia de Guillem Eimeric, jurista de Barcelona, que visqué a la segona meitat del segle XIII. El treball es basa sobretot en l’anàlisi del seu testament i en l’inventari dels seus béns, entre els quals destaca una rica biblioteca. L’article es completa amb l’estudi del llinatge procedent d’Eimeric de Perusia i dels negocis realitzats pels seus familiars banquers.

  8. [Thirty Years of Health Surveillance of Foods in Barcelona: The "ICSA" Food Quality Research Program].

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    Fontcuberta-Famadas, Mireia; Rodellar-Torras, Santiago; Portaña-Tudela, Samuel; Durán-Neira, Julia

    2015-01-01

    The Food Health Quality Research Program (Investigación de la Calidad Sanitaria de los Alimentos [ICSA]) of the Public Health Agency of Barcelona (Agencia de Salud Pública de Barcelona [ASPB]) was initiated in 1984 to carry out surveillance of certain chemical and microbiological parameters related to the sanitary and safety of foods sold in the city. The present article analyzes the importance of health surveillance and provides details of the uses of the ICSA program. The main aim of this program is to evaluate whether marketed foods comply with the absence and/or established tolerance levels of specific parameters. Nevertheless, the program is able to incorporate or suppress parameters or foods that pose emerging dangers or interests not represented in current legislation. Besides, the program not only obtains a view of the parameters studied at a specific time period in each report, but also accumulates data over time, allowing risk assessment, calculation of dietary intake of contaminants, analysis of tendencies, and evaluation of the effectiveness of regulations to reduce contaminants. The program can also help in the planning of food control programs. The information obtained is disseminated nationally and internationally and is included in dossiers of contaminants issued by national and European health agencies. This demonstrates that a locally-developed surveillance system can have a wider scope and broader objectives and can provide useful information for managers, administrations, economic operators and consumers.

  9. 6th International Accounting Congress of Barcelona (1929 organised by the Association of Accountants of Catalonia

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    Full Text Available Purpose: the work presented is a descriptive, contextual and detailed analysis of the activity, and the conclusions developed in the first international accounting conference held in Barcelona. The 6th International Conference on Accounting which took place in Barcelona coinciding with the International Exhibition of 1929, was organised by the Association Internationale de Comptabilité of Brussels. This association proposed holding regular meetings to discuss and study technical accounting and economic issues related to that time. Approach: the originality of the work lies in being an analytical description of the original documents prepared by the Association of Accountants of Catalonia about the conference. Findings/Originality: this study allows redoing assumptions made in previous works, because the documents before this work were contradictory regarding dates, facts and some of the content covered. Limitations: the biggest limitation of the work comes from the lack of written documentation existing on this conference. Value: the present study continues the research on topics of history of accounting in Catalonia. It is expected to complement this work by a deeper analysis of the contents and the topics covered in the papers presented at the conference, and by linking them with the theoretical accounting lines existing at that time.

  10. Indoor and outdoor BTX levels in Barcelona City metropolitan area and Catalan rural areas

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    E. Gallego; F. X. Roca; X. Guardino; M. G. Rosell

    2008-01-01

    Five aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, and three isomeric xylenes) were monitored in indoor and outdoor air of 7 public buildings and 54 private homes, located in Barcelona City metropolitan area and in several rural areas of Catalonia. The sampling was carried out over four periods: spring-summer and winter of 2000, and summer and winter of 2001. Passive ORSA 5 Draiger samplers were used for benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX) adsorption. BTX were extracted with carbon disulphide and analysed using a gas chromatograph coupled to a FID detector. In Barcelona metropolitan area the outdoor average concentrations of BTX were 3.5, 34.2, and 31.3 μg/m3 in urban areas, and 1.4, 9.2, and 9.2 μg/m3 in rural areas, respectively. Average indoor air concentrations of BTX were respectively 4.3, 64.8, and 47.6 μg/m3 in urban areas and 5.8, 67.0, and 51.4 μg/m3 in rural areas, respectively. A direct connection between the house and garage was one of the most influential factors for indoor BTX concentrations in rural areas. In urban areas, diffuse traffic sources were the predominant BTX source, slightly influenced by tobacco smoke in indoor air.

  11. STUDY REGARDING THE MEN'S 50M FREESTYLE AT THE 2013 BARCELONA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP

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    Galeru Ovidiu

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The 2013 Barcelona World Swimming Championships have confirmed once again the conclusion of various specialists and statistics that the results recorded at the World Championships following the Summer Olympic Games are more valuable from a performance standpoint. The men's 50m and 100m freestyle events attract the most attention, being considered the most disputed, being the most watched events by the specialists, by the media, and by a larger audience. The chances of each athlete aspiring to the top title are analyzed, their competition strategies, but also the statements of the most valuable swimmers. The pertinent analyses of the races, especially during the late stages of the competition, semifinals and final, represent extremely important sources of information for coaches and researchers, offering data and specific indices that can improve the athletes' future performances, or can predict certain performances. In this study I aim to analyze the men's 50m freestyle final at the 2013 Barcelona World Swimming Championships, and to compare the results with the ones recorded by the athlete I am currently coaching, the Romanian swimmer Norbert Trandafir, an athlete who was qualified in the semifinals for this event, but came out in 13th position in the final, with a new national record (21.98 s, a time that can mean a qualification in the European, World, and why not, even Olympics finals.

  12. Richard Lindau y el museo de arte japonés de Barcelona

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    Bru Turull, Ricard

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Richard Lindau resided as a diplomat in Japan between 1866 and 1868, where he acquired in Edo (Tokyo an extensive and exceptional collection of Japanese art. After being named German consul in Barcelona (1876, Lindau offered his collection to the public by opening his residence in the centre of the city as a Japanese Museum. This paper aims to recover the history of this forgotten collection, which constituted one of the first private museums of Japanese art in Southern Europe.

    Richard Lindau residió como diplomático en Japón entre 1866 y 1868, durante los años de transición entre el shogunato Tokugawa y el nuevo sistema imperial Meiji. Lindau estuvo en el archipiélago nipón en el momento oportuno para adquirir una excepcional colección de arte japonés. Trasladado a Barcelona en 1876 como cónsul de Alemania, Lindau ofreció la colección al público abriendo su residencia y anunciándola como Museo Japonés. Este artículo recupera la historia de la colección olvidada de uno de los primeros museos privados de arte japonés del sur de Europa.

  13. TURISMO SOSTENIBLE: LUGAREÑOS FRENTE A TURISTAS. EL CASO DE LA CIUDAD DE BARCELONA

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    Maria Abril Sellares

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo tiene como objetivo conocer cómo ha afectado el incremento de turistas y sus actividades en su estancia en una ciudad concreta y cómo afectan sus actitudes y acciones a los lugareños de dicha zona. Así mismo se pretende tratar la problemática de los apartamentos turísticos ilegales creados a raíz de una fuerte demanda y las primeras respuestas que ha dado la administración ante las constantes manifestaciones de rechazo de los vecinos de la zona a tratar. La tipología de turismo en la que se centra este estudio es el llamado turismo de masas y concretamente en el turismo de sol y playa y de borrachera, que ha alcanzado altas cotas en estos últimos diez años (Ajuntament de Barcelona 2014, donde los criterios de sostenibilidad parece que no son los principios rectores en la práctica de la actividad turística. Por tanto, hemos visto, por un lado, la necesidad de tratar los conceptos de turismo sostenible y la aplicación que se dan en un caso real: la ciudad de Barcelona y concretamente un barrio marinero como es la Barceloneta y, por otro lado, conocer qué efectos tanto sociales como económicos ha tenido en esta área geográfica concreta la práctica de este turismo.

  14. Sowing Resilience and Contestation in Times of Crises: The Case of Urban Gardening Movements in Barcelona

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    Marta Camps-Calvet

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Urban gardens have been observed to multiply in response to crises. However, the meaning and motivations behind the emergence of gardening movements varies greatly over space and time. In this paper we argue that bottom up urban gardening initiatives taking place in Southern European countries in form of land occupation and communalization represent forms of resistance that enhance social cohesion and collective action in times of need. Specifically, this research examines the role of urban gardens in (i building community resilience and (ii articulating forms of resistance and contestation to development pressure and commodified urban lifestyles. Our research is based on data collected among 27 urban gardening initiatives in Barcelona, Spain, including 13 self-governed community gardens and 14 public gardens. Data were collected from semi-structured interviews with gardeners and with staff from the Barcelona City Council. Our results show mechanisms through which urban gardens can contribute to build resilience by nurturing social and ecological diversity, generating and transmitting local ecological knowledge, and by creating opportunities for collective action and self-organization. We further examine collectively managed gardens as urban commons that emerge as a form of resistance to the privatization of public urban space, and that offer opportunities to experiment with new models of urban lifestyles. We show how gardening initiatives can be seen to represent an emerging form of urban green commons that provides a suitable ground to ‘sow’ resilience and contestation in times of crises and socio-ecological deterioration.

  15. Quantification of thermal bioclimate for the management of urban design in Mediterranean climate of Barcelona, Spain

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    Rodríguez Algeciras, José Abel; Matzarakis, Andreas

    2016-08-01

    In order to contribute to the sustainability of the outdoor environment, knowledge about the urban thermal bioclimate should be transferred into climatic guidelines for planning. The general framework of this study responds to the need of analyzing thermal bioclimate in Mediterranean climate regions and its influence as an urban design factor. The paper analyzes the background of the urban climate and thermal bioclimate conditions in Barcelona (Spain), through the effect of shade conditions and wind speed variations. Simulations of shade and wind speed variations were performed to evaluate changes in thermal bioclimate due to modifications in urban morphology. Air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and solar radiation for the period from January, 2001 to January, 2015 were used to calculate physiologically equivalent temperature (PET) using the RayMan model. The results demonstrate that shade is the most important strategy to improve urban microclimatic conditions. In Barcelona, human thermal comfort conditions can be improved by shade and wind speed increase in terms of PET above 23 °C and by a wind speed decrease for thresholds of PET below 18 °C. Heat stress situations can be mitigated by shade and wind speed increase in conditions above 35 and 45 °C, respectively. The results of the study are an important contribution for urban planners, due to their possibilities and potential for the description of microclimatic conditions in Mediterranean climate regions. The knowledge is useful for improved human thermal comfort conditions, from the suitable configuration of urban form and architecture.

  16. Spain’s Mediterranean Policy: between the Barcelona Process and the European Neighbourhood Policy

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    Esther Barbé Izuel

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    Full Text Available This article analyses the evolution of Spain’s position with respect to the two main cooperation initiatives in the Mediterranean space: the Barcelona Process and the European Neighbourhood Policy. Firstly, it shows Spain’s role as a driving force, both in the launchingof the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in 1995 and in the impetus provided 10 years later by the holding of the extraordinary Euro-Mediterranean Summit. Secondly, the article examines the progressive adaptation of Spain’s discourse towards the European Neighbourhood Policy, trying to maximise Spain’s preferences with respect to its neighbours without this endangering the survival of the Barcelona Process. Finally, the authors identify some of the proposals recently set forth for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, such as the Advanced Statute for Morocco and the French proposal of the Mediterranean Union. In the light of these possible future scenarios,Spanish diplomacy must guarantee its influence within the EU’s Mediterranean policy.

  17. ¿Negociar la entrada del rey? La entrada real de Juan II en Barcelona

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    Raufast Chico, Miguel

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    Based on the archival documents generated by John II’s royal entry to Barcelona as the new king of Aragon in 1458, this article explores the process involved in preparing for this ceremonies. It also aims to show that in certain circumstances the dialogue between king and city —the two parties concerned— that led to the final conception of this elaborate ceremony, might almost be considered a kind of negotiation.



    Basado en documentación archivística generada por la entrada real de Juan II como nuevo monarca de la Corona de Aragón en Barcelona en 1458, este artículo llama la atención sobre el proceso de preparación de este tipo de ceremonias, en el cual intervienen tanto el rey como la ciudad. Al mismo tiempo, se intenta mostrar que el diálogo que se establece entre ambas partes en relación a este hecho puede llegar, en determinadas circunstancias, a asimilarse a una negociación.

  18. Gobernanza Urbana y Participación Comunitaria. Los Casos de Barcelona, Bilbao y Pamplona (Urban Governance and Community Involvement. Cases of Barcelona, Bilbao and Pamplona

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    Imanol Telleria

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    Full Text Available This article is based on a detailed study of three cases (Barcelona, ​​Pamplona and Bilbao trying to address from a theoretical perspective a more current characterization of urban movements, joining in a framework of analysis the contributions of the American and European schools study of social movements. To do this, we present the results of empirical research conducted in the districts of the three cities and perform a comparison of the most important variables. This research shows that urban movements have become increasing their ability to access aided by the opening of opportunities on local governance (EOP and have driven participatory processes articulated from a communitarian methodology (repertoires, intended to promote democratic management of the city (speech from reticular logic (organization oriented at re-structuring of society, as a prelude to increasing its influence on urban policies. Este artículo se basa en un estudio en profundidad de tres casos (Barcelona, Pamplona y Bilbao tratando de abordar desde una perspectiva teórica una caracterización más actual de los movimientos urbanos, aunando en un marco de análisis los aportes de las escuelas americana y europea de estudio de los movimientos sociales. Para ello, presentamos los resultados de la investigación empírica realizada en los barrios de las tres ciudades y realizamos una comparativa de las variables más importantes. Este estudio demuestra que los movimientos urbanos se han transformado aumentando su capacidad de acceso ayudados por  la apertura de oportunidades provocada por la gobernanza local (EOP y han impulsado procesos participativos que, articulados desde la metodología comunitaria (repertorios, pretenden provocar un impulso de la gestión democrática de la ciudad (discurso a partir de lógicas reticulares (organización orientadas a la re-vertebración de la sociedad, como paso previo al aumento de su  influencia sobre las políticas urbanas

  19. Ensenyar la ciutat o aprendre de la ciutat : l'exemple de Barcelona

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    Mercè Tatjer

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available L’article mostra, a través de l’exemple de Barcelona, com la ciutat s’ha anat consolidant en el decurs del segle XX com un instrument bàsic per a l’aprenentatge de les ciències socials en els diferents nivells educatius. En aquest sentit destaca —després d’un breu anàlisi dels precedents històrics en l’ensenyament de la ciutat— les primeres experiències didàctiques desenvolupades en la dècada de 1930 amb els importants moviments de renovació pedagògica. També s’estudien els factors específics que, en el cas barceloní, han possibilitat en els darrers vint-i-cinc anys l’eclosió de materials didàctics sobre la ciutat, com ara l’important protagonisme del professorat en coincidència amb els nous plantejaments de les disciplines referents, el despertar d’una consciència ciutadana, el suport dels professionals dedicats a la ciutat i les iniciatives desenvolupades per l’Ajuntament de Barcelona. D’ara endavant s’obre el nou repte d’inserir amb més claredat aquesta eina educativa que és la ciutat en el currículum escolar, a partir del suport de les noves tecnologies i amb estreta connexió amb les disciplines referents com la Geografia, la Història i la resta de Ciències Socials.Using Barcelona as an example, this article shows how, throughout the twentieth, century cities have become a basic tool in the learning process of social sciences at all education levels. In this sense, —after a brief analysis of teaching historical precedents in this city— the first didactical experiences developed in the 1930s, in which the movement of pedagogical renovation took place, stand out. Besides, the authors also analyze the specific factors that, in the case of Barcelona, have permitted the appearance of didactical material about the city during the last 25 years, such as the important role of teaching staff in relation to the new approaches of the referent areas, the wakening of a citizen conscience, the

  20. Defectos en soldaduras de estructura metálica. Aplicación a una obra en Barcelona

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    Pérez Vergara, Francisco

    2009-01-01

    Estudio de los defectos y aceptación de los mismos, en las uniones soldadas de una estructura metálica importante de una obra singular en Barcelona. Análisis de los ensayos destructivos y no destructivos de Aceptación de las soldaduras.

  1. Hospital emergency department utilisation rates among the immigrant population in Barcelona, Spain

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    Garcia Oscar

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The recent increase in the number of immigrants of Barcelona represents a challenge for the public healthcare system, the emergency department being the most used healthcare service by this group. However, utilisation rates in our environment have not yet been studied. We aimed to compare emergency department utilisation rates between Spanish-born and foreign-born residents in a public hospital of Barcelona. Methods The study population included all adults residing in the area of study and visiting the emergency department of Hospital del Mar in 2004. The emergency care episodes were selected from the Emergency Department register, and the population figures from the Statistics Department of Barcelona. Emergency care episodes were classified into five large clinical categories. Adjusted rate ratios (RR of utilisation among foreign-born vs. Spanish-born residents were assessed through negative binomial regression. Results The overall utilisation rate was 382 emergency contacts per 1,000 persons-years. The RR for foreign-born versus Spanish-born residents was 0.62 (95% CI: 0.52; 0.74%. The RR was also significantly below one in surgery (0.51, 95% CI: 0.42; 0.63, traumatology (0.47, 95% CI: 0.38; 0.59, medicine (0.48, 95% CI: 0.38; 0.59 and psychiatry (0.42, 95% CI: 0.18; 0.97. No differences were found in utilisation of gynaecology and minor emergency services. Conclusion The overall lower utilisation rates obtained for foreign-born residents is consistent with previous studies and is probably due to the "healthy immigrant effect". Thus, the population increase due to immigration does not translate directly into a corresponding increase in the number of emergency contacts. The lack of differences in minor and gynaecological emergency care supports the hypothesis that immigrants overcome certain barriers by using the emergency department to access to health services. The issue of healthcare barriers should therefore be addressed

  2. Emprendimiento y supervivencia empresarial en época de crisis: El caso de Barcelona

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    Marian Buil Fabregá

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Objeto: El trabajo que se presenta en este artículo es la primera parte de un estudio sobre las estrategias llevadas a cabo por las empresas en épocas de crisis. Este primer artículo analiza las características financieras de las empresas creadas en Barcelona en los inicios de la crisis y que han sobrevivido durante la misma. Este estudio pretende contrastar las características financieras de las empresas analizadas con las medidas llevadas a cabo para mantener su rentabilidad en épocas de crisis y determinar si existen patrones de comportamiento distintos entre empresas creadas en sectores industriales y no industriales. Diseño/metodología: Análisis estadístico-descriptivo de las medias y variaciones de los principales indicadores financieros y de recursos humanos que se relacionan con  las medidas tomadas por las empresas  en época de crisis. La base de datos utilizada ha sido el SABI y el período de referencia 2008-2013. Aportaciones y resultados: Las empresas creadas en Barcelona en los inicios de la crisis y que han sobrevivido presentan algunos rasgos comunes: muestran un EBITDA positivo, los recursos propios constituyen una fuente relevante de financiación, tienden a reducir su nivel de endeudamiento o se disminuye inversión. Los ratios de la rentabilidad financiera son muy bajos ya que el patrimonio neto de la empresa es alto y la deuda es baja. Referente a los indicadores de recursos humanos, nos indican la importancia de las empresas de nueva creación en la generación de empleo y sus tasas de productividad son altas. Valor añadido: Determinar las características financieras de las empresas creadas en los inicios de la crisis y que sobreviven en Barcelona en época de crisis para determinar si siguen medidas para mantener su rentabilidad. La existencia de un conjunto de medidas estadísticamente significativas puede servir de guía a los emprendedores del futuro así como de las políticas públicas de apoyo a los

  3. Geodetic Infrastructure in the Ibiza and Barcelona Harbours for Sea Level Monitoring

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    Martinez-Benjamin, J. J.; Gili, J.; Lopez, R.; Tapia, A.; Perez, B.; Pros, F.

    2013-12-01

    The presentation is directed to the description of the actual situation and relevant information of the geodetic infrastructure of Ibiza and Barcelona sites for sea level determination and contribution to regional sea level rise. Time series are being analysed for mean sea level variations www.puertos.es. .In the framework of a Spanish Space Project, the instrumentation of sea level measurements has been improved by providing the Barcelona site with a radar tide gauge Datamar 2000C from Geonica s.l. near an acoustic tide gauge. Puertos del Estado installed in 2007 a MIROS radar tide gauge and the Barcelona Harbour Authority a GPS referente station in the roof of the new Control Tower situated in the Energy Pier. The radar sensor is over the water surface, on a L-shaped structure which elevates it a few meters above the quay shelf. 1-min data are transmitted to the ENAGAS Control Center by cable and then sent each 1 min to Puertos del Estado by e-mail. There is a GPS station Leica Geosystems GRX1200 GG Pro and antenna 1202. Precision levelling has been made several times in the last two years because the tower is founded in reclaimed land. The measured settlement rate is about 1cm/year that may be could mask the values registered by the tide gauge. A description of the actual infrastructure at Ibiza harbour at Marina de Botafoch, is presented and its applications to sea level monitoring and altimeter calibration in support of the main CGPS at Ibiza harbour. It is described the geometrical precision levelling made in June 2013 between the radar tide gauge and the GPS station. In particular, the CGPS located at Ibiza harbour is essential for its application to the marine campaign Baleares 2013, near Ibiza island. The main objective is to determine the altimeter bias for Jason-2, about 9:09 UTC September 15, 2013, and Saral/AltiKa, about 05:30 UTC September 16, UTC. These activities has been received funding of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion under Spanish

  4. Estimation of extreme flash flood evolution in Barcelona County from 1351 to 2005

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    A. Barrera

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Every year, flash floods cause economic losses and major problems for undertaking daily activity in the Catalonia region (NE Spain. Sometimes catastrophic damage and casualties occur. When a long term analysis of floods is undertaken, a question arises regarding the changing role of the vulnerability and the hazard in risk evolution. This paper sets out to give some information to deal with this question, on the basis of analysis of all the floods that have occurred in Barcelona county (Catalonia since the 14th century, as well as the flooded area, urban evolution, impacts and the weather conditions for any of most severe events. With this objective, the identification and classification of historical floods, and characterisation of flash-floods among these, have been undertaken. Besides this, the main meteorological factors associated with recent flash floods in this city and neighbouring regions are well-known. On the other hand, the identification of rainfall trends that could explain the historical evolution of flood hazard occurrence in this city has been analysed. Finally, identification of the influence of urban development on the vulnerability to floods has been carried out. Barcelona city has been selected thanks to its long continuous data series (daily rainfall data series, since 1854; one of the longest rainfall rate series of Europe, since 1921 and for the accurate historical archive information that is available (since the Roman Empire for the urban evolution. The evolution of flood occurrence shows the existence of oscillations in the earlier and later modern-age periods that can be attributed to climatic variability, evolution of the perception threshold and changes in vulnerability. A great increase of vulnerability can be assumed for the period 1850–1900. The analysis of the time evolution for the Barcelona rainfall series (1854–2000 shows that no trend exists, although, due to changes in urban planning, flash-floods impact

  5. Implementation of CGPS at Estartit, Ibiza and Barcelona harbours for sea level monitoring

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    Martinez-Benjamin, J. J.; Ortiz Castellon, M.; Martinez-Garcia, M.; Perez, B.; Bosch, E.; Termens, A.; Martinez de Oses, X.

    2009-12-01

    The determination of global and regional mean sea level variations with accura-cies better than 1 mm/yr is a critical problem, the resolution of which is central to the current debate on climate change and its impact on the environment. Highly accurate time series from both satellite altimetry and tide gauges are needed. Measuring the sea surface height with in-situ tide gauges and GPS receivers pro-vides an efficient way to control the long term stability of the radar altimeters and other applications as the vertical land motion and studies of sea level change. L’Estartit tide gauge is a classical floating tide gauge set up in l’Estartit harbour (NE Spain) in 1990. Data are taken in graphics registers from which each two hours the mean value is recorded in an electronic support and delivered to the Permanent Service for Mean Sea level (PSMSL). Periodic surveying campaigns along the year are carried out for monitoring possible vertical movement of the geodetic benchmark adjacent to the tide gauge. Puertos del Estado (Spanish Harbours) installed the tide gauge station at Ibiza har-bour in January 2003 and a near GPS reference station. The station belongs to the REDMAR network, composed at this moment by 21 stations distributed along the whole Spanish waters, including also the Canary islands (http://www.puertos.es). The tide gauge also belongs to the ESEAS (European Sea Level) network. A description of the actual infrastructure at Ibiza, Barcelona and l’Estartit har-bours is presented.The main objective is the implementation of these harbours as a precise geodetic areas for sea level monitoring and altimeter calibration. Actually is a CGPS with a radar tide gauge from Puertos del Estado and a GPS belonging to Puerto de Barcelona. A precise levelling has been made by the Cartographic Insti-tute of Catalonia, ICC. The instrumentation of sea level measurements has been improved by providing the Barcelona site with a radar tide gauge Datamar 3000C device and a

  6. On the spatial distribution and evolution of ultrafine particles in Barcelona

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    M. Dall'Osto

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Sources and evolution of ultrafine particles were investigated both horizontally and vertically in the large urban agglomerate of Barcelona, Spain. Within the SAPUSS project (Solving Aerosol Problems by Using Synergistic Strategies, a large number of instruments was deployed simultaneously at different monitoring sites (road, two urban background, regional background, urban tower 150 m a.s.l., urban background tower site 80 m a.s.l. during a 4 week period in September–October 2010. Particle number concentrations (N>5 nm are highly correlated with black carbon (BC at all sites only under strong vehicular traffic influences. By contrast, under cleaner atmospheric conditions (low condensation sink, CS such correlation diverges towards much higher N/BC ratios at all sites, indicating additional sources of particles including secondary production of freshly nucleated particles. Size-resolved aerosol distributions (N10–500 as well as particle number concentrations (N>5 nm allow us to identify three types of nucleation and growth events: (1 a regional type event originating in the whole study region and impacting almost simultaneously the urban city of Barcelona and the surrounding urban background area; (2 a regional type event impacting only the regional background area but not the urban agglomerate; (3 an urban type event which originates only within the city centre but whose growth continues while transported away from the city to the regional background. Furthermore, during these clean air days, higher N are found at tower level than at ground level only in the city centre whereas such a difference is not so pronounced at the remote urban background tower. In other words, this study suggests that the column of air above the city ground level possesses the optimal combination between low CS and high vapour source, hence enhancing the concentrations of freshly nucleated

  7. Reactor Physics Programme

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    2000-07-01

    The Reactor Physics and Department of SCK-CEN offers expertise in various areas of reactor physics, in particular in neutronics calculations, reactor dosimetry, reactor operation, reactor safety and control and non-destructive analysis on reactor fuel. This expertise is applied within the Reactor Physics and MYRRHA Research Department's own research projects in the VENUS critical facility, in the BR1 reactor and in the MYRRHA project (this project aims at designing a prototype Accelerator Driven System). Available expertise is also used in programmes external to the Department such as the reactor pressure steel vessel programme, the BR2 reactor dosimetry, and the preparation and interpretation of irradiation experiments. Progress and achievements in 1999 in the following areas are reported on: (1) investigations on the use of military plutonium in commercial power reactors; (2) neutron and gamma calculations performed for BR-2 and for other reactors; (3) the updating of neutron and gamma cross-section libraries; (4) the implementation of reactor codes; (6) the management of the UNIX workstations; and (6) fuel cycle studies.

  8. The Barcelona International Symposium (21-23 April 2005). Synthesis reports.

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    Basu, Kisalaya; Danon-Hersch, Nadia; Frisack, Johan; Kingma, Mireille; Martinez-Carretero, Josep Maria; Oberg, Klas; Pong, Raymond W

    2005-01-01

    The Symposium was held in Barcelona, Spain, with the Institut d'Estudis de la Salut acting as host. It gathered 51 participants working in 34 institutions based in 18 countries. The main objective of the Symposium was to create an opportunity for assessing the past trends and forecasting the future developments of health workforce within the various national health systems. The Symposium was composed of 5 sessions devoted to presentations of the papers freely contributed by the participants and 5 discussion sessions devoted to the following themes : (i) Supply of and demand for health workforce, (ii) Future trends and forecasting methods ; (iii) Strategies for managing and planning health workforce ; (iv) Health workforce in underserved areas; (v) International migration of health workers. Each discussion session was conducted by a discussion leader whose the synthesis report is displayed here below.

  9. La manufactura del vidrio y sus artífices en la Barcelona Bajomedieval

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    Riu de Martín, M. Carmen

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available It is an essay about the methods used to create glass objects, about the most common pieces made and, mainly, about their artists’ labour situation and social position. It also mentions: means to commercialize their works, taxes they had to pay and other aspects linked to guild way of life and to the rules of Barcelona’s town hall affecting them during the Late Mediaeval Period.

    Estudio sobre los métodos empleados en la confección de objetos de vidrio, los tipos de piezas más comunes realizados y sobre todo la situación laboral y social de estos artífices. Se analizan los medios que utilizaban para comercializar su obra, tasas que pagaban y otros aspectos ligados a la vida gremial y a las normativas del Consell de la ciudad de Barcelona durante el periodo bajomedieval.

  10. La Ingeniería Computacional en la Escuela de Caminos de Barcelona

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    Huerta, Antonio; Díez, Pedro; Fernandez Mendez, Sonia; Pérez Foguet, Agustí; Rodríguez Ferran, Antonio; Sarrate Ramos, Josep

    2003-01-01

    La ingeniería computacional se ha consolidado ya como una disciplina horizontal en el ámbito de la ingeniería civil. La modelización numérica es, cada vez más, una alternativa para el cálculo y diseño en inge niería a los procedimientos simplificados típicamente recogidos por las normativas. Permite analizar fenómenos de mayor complejidad y obtener diseños más ajustados. En la Escuela de Caminos de Barcelona, estos aspectos se abordan en la intensificación en ingeniería computacional. Los mét...

  11. Detecten Hepatozoon sp. en una colònia felina de Barcelona

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    Ortuño Romero, Anna M.

    2009-01-01

    En un estudi realitzat pel Departament de Sanitat i Anatomia Animals de la Facultat de Veterinària de la UAB, amb el suport del Servei de Salut Pública de la Diputació de Barcelona, s’ha detectat la presència d’Hepatozoon sp. en colònies de gats de carrer. Un fet important donat que és el primer cop que aquests paràsits intracel·lulars són identificats en felins del nord d’Espanya, i perquè, a més a més, evidencia la importància d’establir programes sanitaris que permetin detectar i controlar...

  12. Peruvian Girls and Boys as Actors of Family Migration in Barcelona: Generational Relations and Expectations

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    Iskra Pavez Soto

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available La migración transforma radicalmente la vida infantil e impacta en las afinidades y conflictos generacionales al interior de las familias peruanas, así como en los espacios de intercambio y encuentro generacional entre los miembros que habían permanecido distanciados, a veces durante años. Los proyectos de migración familiar cada vez más se asocian al bienestar y desarrollo de la infancia. Este artículo reflexiona sobre la participación de las niñas y niños en los procesos migratorios como actores sociales en su vida cotidiana, y en la construcción de las relaciones familiares una vez que son reagrupados en Barcelona.

  13. Valuation of travel time savings for intercity travel: The Madrid-Barcelona corridor

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    Roman, Concepcion; Carlos Martin, Juan; Espino, Raquel

    2014-01-01

    We derive values of travel time savings (VOT) for the Madrid-Barcelona corridor, linking the two largest cities in Spain, based on the estimation of discrete choice models among the main public transport services in the corridor: air transport, high speed rail (HSR) and bus. The new HSR alternative...... (which started to operate in February 2008) competes directly with one of the densest airline domestic markets in the world, and its introduction produced substantial improvements in level of service, achieving reductions in travel time of more than 50% over the conventional train. A specifically...... to provide useful information to quantify users' benefits during the lifespan of a given project. We found, as expected, that HSR and air transport users exhibit substantially higher values for saving travel time than bus travellers. Also as expected, savings of waiting time are more valued than savings...

  14. Wind and earthquake analysis of spire of cimborio of Barcelona cathedral

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    Ahmed Elyamani Ali Mohamed

    2009-01-01

    La Catedral de Barcelona es uno de los monumentos más importantes no sólo en España sino también en todo el mundo. La construcción de la Catedral gótica empezó en 1298 bajo el reinado de Jaume II y en 1460 se completó la construcción del edificio principal. Los dos arquitectos Joseph Oriol Mestres y August Font y Carreras completaron la construcción de la fachada gótica en 1889 y de la aguja central en 1913, siguiendo el mismo diseño propuesto anteriormente por el arquitecto fr...

  15. Infancia, familias monoparentales e inmigración latinoamericana en Barcelona, España

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    Iskra Pávez

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available La relación entre pobreza, monoparentalidad e infancia es un hecho constatado en numerosos estudios. Menos exploradas han sido las condiciones de vida de los niños y niñas de familias monoparentales inmigradas. En este artículo presentamos los hallazgos de una investigación cualitativa llevada a cabo en Barcelona entre 2008 y 2009 con 18 familias monoparentales encabezadas por mujeres latinoamericanas migrantes. Describimos el elevado riesgo de pobreza y de exclusión social que sufren estas personas menores y los efectos educativos y sociales que se derivan de sus condiciones de vida en España.

  16. DEPORTE Y DEMOCRATIZACIÓN EN LA BARCELONA CONTEMPORÁNEA: APUNTES PARA UN ESTUDIO

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    Sixte Abadía Naudí

    2005-01-01

    portiva, la implicación de la administración local, la vinculación con los movimientos sociales operantes, las formas de sociabilidad deportiva y la presencia del deporte en la calle. En definitiva este artículo es el resultado de una primera fase de investigación de un estudio para una futura tesis doctoral sobre las transformaciones del fenómeno social deportivo durante la transición política española en el caso de la ciudad de Barcelona. En él se recogen algunas de las consideraciones generales que conforman el marco interpretativo fundamental del estudio, acerca de la vinculación entre proceso de democratización política y características del proceso de masificación deportiva.

  17. Es pot mesurar el valor d’una marca com la marca de Barcelona?

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    Peláez Rubio, Mireia; Servitje Millan, Mireia

    2016-01-01

    La marca d’una destinació turística és la suma d’elements tangibles i intangibles, és a dir, recursos i productes, les expectatives, les emocions, experiències i interaccions entre els agents que hi participen. El nostre objectiu es estudiar el valor de la marca turística com és el de la ciutat de Barcelona i el de la seva província utilitzant un mètode estadístic, a través d’un anàlisi descriptiu, test de mitjanes i les regressions./nPartint de les dades obtingudes de la Diputació de Barcelo...

  18. Los tipos de iniciativas empresariales de los inmigrantes en las ciudades de Barcelona, Madrid y Valencia

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    Leonardo Cavalcanti

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available El principal objetivo de este artículo es presentar una tipología, de carácter cualitativo, de los perfiles de los empresarios de origen inmigrante procedentes de países no comunitarios en España, y de las características de sus negocios. Se trata de ilustrar, en términos de representatividad tipológica, los rasgos y el potencial de las empresas regentadas por inmigrantes. Dicho análisis se realiza a partir del estudio titulado «El empresariado inmigrante en España» (Solé, Parella y Cavalcanti, 2007, financiado por la Fundación La Caixa, en tres contextos socioespaciales concretos donde se da una elevada concentración de población extranjera: Barcelona, Madrid y Valencia.

  19. El rey y la ciudad. La entrada real de Carlos I en Barcelona

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    María de los Ángeles PÉREZ SAMPER

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Conocí a don Manuel Fernández Alvarez a través de Carlos V y conocí mejor a Carlos V gracias a don Manuel Fernández Álvarez. Ambas figuras son, pues, para mí —como supongo que para muchos otros— dos figuras inseparables. De ahí que, ocupándome desde hace tiempo del estudio de las visitas reales a mi ciudad, Barcelona, parecía imponerse, a pesar del cierto atrevimiento que supone, la elección de este tema como pequeña colaboración al tan merecido homenaje que con la publicación del presente volumen se le rinde.

  20. La Reforma Asistencial Psiquiátrica en la provincia de Barcelona.

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    1983-01-01

    He elegido este período de año y medio por ser el que he protagonizado más directamente tras vincularme a la Diputación de Barcelona asumiendo la dirección de la Asistencia Psiquiátrica Provincial. Este vínculo me ha llevado a asesorar técnicamente a la Comisión Informativa de Sanidad y Servicios Sociales, y en particular a los dos Diputados que la han presidido durante este período. Ambos, Agustí DE SEMIR y Carlos GRANDE han impulsado desde la mencionada Comisión las realizaciones que en mat...

  1. Bodies or organisms? Medical encounter as a control apparatus at a primary care centre in Barcelona

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    Alejandro Zaballos Samper

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Medical practice is driven by technology, discourses, and knowledge about health and illness. This has resulted in its gaining a dominating position in power relations achieved by means of diagnosis, medicalization, and habit and conduct creation and maintenance. Interaction at primary care centres is built on mainstream biomedical views of both the medical discourse and the social practices related to health, illness and the human body. Moreover, it is also rooted on the ideologies conveyed by those social concepts, which in turn, permeate interaction all through with power relations. The present paper takes ethnographic data and in-depth interviews as a departing point to analyse how diagnosis, medicalization, and biopolicies for health prevention and improvement carried out in primary care centres in Barcelona make up a control apparatus. Furthermore, this essay also explores how the apparatus is developed in the medical encounter and turns the body into an organism.

  2. A Flexible Domain-Domain Hinge Promotes an Induced-fit Dominant Mechanism for the Loading of Guide-DNA into Argonaute Protein in Thermus thermophilus.

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    Zhu, Lizhe; Jiang, Hanlun; Sheong, Fu Kit; Cui, Xuefeng; Gao, Xin; Wang, Yanli; Huang, Xuhui

    2016-03-17

    Argonaute proteins (Ago) are core components of the RNA Induced Silencing Complex (RISC) that load and utilize small guide nucleic acids to silence mRNAs or cleave foreign DNAs. Despite the essential role of Ago in gene regulation and defense against virus, the molecular mechanism of guide-strand loading into Ago remains unclear. We explore such a mechanism in the bacterium Thermus thermophilus Ago (TtAgo), via a computational approach combining molecular dynamics, bias-exchange metadynamics, and protein-DNA docking. We show that apo TtAgo adopts multiple closed states that are unable to accommodate guide-DNA. Conformations able to accommodate the guide are beyond the reach of thermal fluctuations from the closed states. These results suggest an induced-fit dominant mechanism for guide-strand loading in TtAgo, drastically different from the two-step mechanism for human Ago 2 (hAgo2) identified in our previous study. Such a difference between TtAgo and hAgo2 is found to mainly originate from the distinct rigidity of their L1-PAZ hinge. Further comparison among known Ago structures from various species indicates that the L1-PAZ hinge may be flexible in general for prokaryotic Ago's but rigid for eukaryotic Ago's.

  3. Markov State Models Reveal a Two-Step Mechanism of miRNA Loading into the Human Argonaute Protein: Selective Binding followed by Structural Re-arrangement

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    Jiang, Hanlun

    2015-07-16

    Argonaute (Ago) proteins and microRNAs (miRNAs) are central components in RNA interference, which is a key cellular mechanism for sequence-specific gene silencing. Despite intensive studies, molecular mechanisms of how Ago recognizes miRNA remain largely elusive. In this study, we propose a two-step mechanism for this molecular recognition: selective binding followed by structural re-arrangement. Our model is based on the results of a combination of Markov State Models (MSMs), large-scale protein-RNA docking, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Using MSMs, we identify an open state of apo human Ago-2 in fast equilibrium with partially open and closed states. Conformations in this open state are distinguished by their largely exposed binding grooves that can geometrically accommodate miRNA as indicated in our protein-RNA docking studies. miRNA may then selectively bind to these open conformations. Upon the initial binding, the complex may perform further structural re-arrangement as shown in our MD simulations and eventually reach the stable binary complex structure. Our results provide novel insights in Ago-miRNA recognition mechanisms and our methodology holds great potential to be widely applied in the studies of other important molecular recognition systems.

  4. A Flexible Domain-Domain Hinge Promotes an Induced-fit Dominant Mechanism for the Loading of Guide-DNA into Argonaute Protein in Thermus thermophilus

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    Zhu, Lizhe

    2016-02-24

    Argonaute proteins (Ago) are core components of the RNA Induced Silencing Complex (RISC) that load and utilize small guide nucleic acids to silence mRNAs or cleave foreign DNAs. Despite the essential role of Ago in gene regulation and defense against virus, the molecular mechanism of guide-strand loading into Ago remains unclear. We explore such a mechanism in the bacterium Thermus thermophilus Ago (TtAgo), via a computational approach combining molecular dynamics, bias-exchange metadynamics, and protein-DNA docking. We show that apo TtAgo adopts multiple closed states that are unable to accommodate guide-DNA. Conformations able to accommodate the guide are beyond the reach of thermal fluctuations from the closed states. These results suggest an induced-fit dominant mechanism for guide-strand loading in TtAgo, drastically different from the two-step mechanism for human Ago 2 (hAgo2) identified in our previous study. Such a difference between TtAgo and hAgo2 is found to mainly originate from the distinct rigidity of their L1-PAZ hinge. Further comparison among known Ago structures from various species indicates that the L1-PAZ hinge may be flexible in general for prokaryotic Agos but rigid for eukaryotic Agos. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  5. Expansion of genes encoding piRNA-associated argonaute proteins in the pea aphid: diversification of expression profiles in different plastic morphs.

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    Hsiao-Ling Lu

    Full Text Available Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs are known to regulate transposon activity in germ cells of several animal models that propagate sexually. However, the role of piRNAs during asexual reproduction remains almost unknown. Aphids that can alternate sexual and asexual reproduction cycles in response to seasonal changes of photoperiod provide a unique opportunity to study piRNAs and the piRNA pathway in both reproductive modes. Taking advantage of the recently sequenced genome of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, we found an unusually large lineage-specific expansion of genes encoding the Piwi sub-clade of Argonaute proteins. In situ hybridisation showed differential expressions between the duplicated piwi copies: while Api-piwi2 and Api-piwi6 are "specialised" in germ cells their most closely related copy, respectively Api-piwi5 and Api-piwi3, are expressed in the somatic cells. The differential expression was also identified in duplicated ago3: Api-ago3a in germ cells and Api-ago3b in somatic cells. Moreover, analyses of expression profiles of the expanded piwi and ago3 genes by semi-quantitative RT-PCR showed that expressions varied according to the reproductive types. These specific expression patterns suggest that expanded aphid piwi and ago3 genes have distinct roles in asexual and sexual reproduction.

  6. A new loss-of-function allele 28y reveals a role of ARGONAUTE1 in limiting asymmetric division of stomatal lineage ground cell

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    Kezhen Yangy; Min Jiangy; Jie Le

    2014-01-01

    In Arabidopsis thaliana L., stomata are produced through a series of divisions including asymmetric and symmetric divisions. Asymmetric entry division of meristemoid mother cellproduces two daughter cells, the smal er meristemoid and the larger sister cell, a stomatal lineage ground cell(SLGC). Stomatal lineage ground cells can differentiate into epidermal pavement cells but have the potential to divide asymmetrical y, spacing divisions, to create satel ite meristemoids. Peptide ligands and TOO MANY MOUTHS (TMM) and ERECTA family receptors regulate the initiation of stomatal lineages, activity, and orientation of spacing divisions. Here, we reported that a natural mutant 28y displayed an increased stomatal density and index. Using map-based cloning, we identified mutation in ARGONAUTE1 (AGO1) as the cause of 28y phenotypes. Time-lapse tracing of stomatal lineage cells reveals that stomatal overproduction in 28y is caused by the excessive asymmetric spacing division of SLGCs.Further genetic results demonstrated that AGO1 acts down-stream of TMM and negatively regulates the SPCH transcripts, but in a brassinosteroid-independent manner. Upregulation of AGAMOUS-LIKE16 (AGL16) in 28y mutants suggests that AGO1 is required to restrict AGL16-mediated stomatal spacing divisions, an miRNA pathway in addition to ligand-receptor signaling modules.

  7. Salt Stress Reveals a New Role for ARGONAUTE1 in miRNA Biogenesis at the Transcriptional and Posttranscriptional Levels1[OPEN

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    Niedojadlo, Katarzyna; Niedojadlo, Janusz; Walczak, Weronika; Szweykowska-Kulinska, Zofia; Jarmolowski, Artur

    2016-01-01

    Plants as sessile organisms have developed prompt response mechanisms to react to rapid environmental changes. In addition to the transcriptional regulation of gene expression, microRNAs (miRNAs) are key posttranscriptional regulators of the plant stress response. We show here that the expression levels of many miRNAs were regulated under salt stress conditions. This regulation occurred at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. During salinity stress, the levels of miRNA161 and miRNA173 increased, while the expression of pri-miRNA161 and pri-miRNA173 was down-regulated. Under salt stress conditions, miRNA161 and miRNA173 were stabilized in the cytoplasm, and the expressions of MIR161 and MIR173 were negatively regulated in the nucleus. ARGONAUTE1 (AGO1) participated in both processes. We demonstrated that AGO1 cotranscriptionally controlled the expression of MIR161 and MIR173 in the nucleus. Our results suggests that AGO1 interacts with chromatin at MIR161 and MIR173 loci and causes the disassembly of the transcriptional complex, releasing short and unpolyadenylated transcripts. PMID:27385819

  8. PRMT1 methylates the single Argonaute of Toxoplasma gondii and is important for the recruitment of Tudor nuclease for target RNA cleavage by antisense guide RNA

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    Musiyenko, Alla; Majumdar, Tanmay; Andrews, Joel; Adams, Brian; Barik, Sailen

    2013-01-01

    Summary Argonaute (Ago) plays a central role in RNA interference in metazoans, but its status in lower organisms remains ill-defined. We report on the Ago complex of the unicellular protozoan, Toxoplasma gondii (Tg), an obligatory pathogen of mammalian hosts. The PIWI-like domain of TgAgo lacked the canonical DDE/H catalytic triad, explaining its weak target RNA cleavage activity. However, TgAgo associated with a stronger RNA slicer, a Tudor staphylococcal nuclease (TSN), and with a protein Arg methyl transferase, PRMT1. Mutational analysis suggested that the N-terminal RGG-repeat domain of TgAgo was methylated by PRMT1, correlating with the recruitment of TSN. The slicer activity of TgAgo was Mg2+-dependent and required perfect complementarity between the guide RNA and the target. In contrast, the TSN activity was Ca2+-dependent and required an imperfectly paired guide RNA. Ago knockout parasites showed essentially normal growth, but in contrast, the PRMT1 knockouts grew abnormally. Chemical inhibition of Arg-methylation also had an anti-parasitic effect. These results suggest that the parasitic PRMT1 plays multiple roles, and its loss affects the recruitment of a more potent second slicer to the parasitic RNA silencing complex, the exact mechanism of which remains to be determined. PMID:22309152

  9. Small RNA-mediated repair of UV-induced DNA lesions by the DNA DAMAGE-BINDING PROTEIN 2 and ARGONAUTE 1.

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    Schalk, Catherine; Cognat, Valérie; Graindorge, Stéfanie; Vincent, Timothée; Voinnet, Olivier; Molinier, Jean

    2017-04-04

    As photosynthetic organisms, plants need to prevent irreversible UV-induced DNA lesions. Through an unbiased, genome-wide approach, we have uncovered a previously unrecognized interplay between Global Genome Repair and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in the recognition of DNA photoproducts, prevalently in intergenic regions. Genetic and biochemical approaches indicate that, upon UV irradiation, the DNA DAMAGE-BINDING PROTEIN 2 (DDB2) and ARGONAUTE 1 (AGO1) of Arabidopsis thaliana form a chromatin-bound complex together with 21-nt siRNAs, which likely facilitates recognition of DNA damages in an RNA/DNA complementary strand-specific manner. The biogenesis of photoproduct-associated siRNAs involves the noncanonical, concerted action of RNA POLYMERASE IV, RNA-DEPENDENT RNA POLYMERASE-2, and DICER-LIKE-4. Furthermore, the chromatin association/dissociation of the DDB2-AGO1 complex is under the control of siRNA abundance and DNA damage signaling. These findings reveal unexpected nuclear functions for DCL4 and AGO1, and shed light on the interplay between small RNAs and DNA repair recognition factors at damaged sites.

  10. EL PROYECTO DE LA OLIMPIADA POPULAR DE BARCELONA (1936, ENTRE COMUNISMO INTERNACIONAL Y REPUBLICANISMO REGIONAL

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    André Gounot

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Los archivos del KOMINTERN en el Centro Ruso de Conservación y Estudio de los Documentos sobre la Historia Contemporánea (CRCRHC de Moscú, recientemente abiertos para el estudio científico, nos ofrecen fuentes documentales fundamentales para entender el desarrollo de la Internacional Deportiva Roja (IDR como una de las organizaciones auxiliares del citado KOMINTERN. Las referidas fuentes documentales han aportado nuevas informaciones y datos sobre la creación en España en 1931, con el establecimiento de la 2ª República, de la Federación Cultural y Deportiva Obrera (FCDO, organización que en 1934 se adhiere a la Internacional Deportiva Roja (IDR, siendo el embrión del nacimiento del Comité Catalán pro Deporte Popular que presentaría el proyecto de la Olimpiada Popular de Barcelona de 1936 como alternativa a la Olimpiada de Berlín de 1936 de Hitler. Por otra parte la Internacional Deportiva Roja (IDR creó a finales de 1935 el Comité Internacional para la defensa de la Idea Olímpica, cuyo objetivo era coordinar los movimientos de oposición a los Juegos de Berlín. También la propia Federación Cultural y Deportiva Obrera (FDCO fundó en 1936 el Comité Español de Defensa del Espíritu Olímpico con este mismo fin. La Olimpiada Popular de Barcelona de 1936 permitió entre otras cosas expresar la nueva alianza entre Comunismo y Olimpismo, construida con discursos contradictorios apoyándose en el universalismo, la paz y la igualdad de razas.

  11. Barcelona Rocks, a mobile app to learn geology in your city

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    Geyer, Adelina; Cabrera, Lluis; Alias, Gemma; Aulinas, Meritxell; Becerra, Margarita; Casadellà, Jordi; Clotet, Roger; Delclós, Xavier; Fernández-Turiel, José-Luis; Tarragó, Marta; Travé, Anna

    2016-04-01

    Barcelona Rocks is an application for personal mobile devices suitable for secondary and high school students as well as the general public without a solid background in Earth Sciences. The main objective of this app is to teach Geology using as learning resource our city façades and pavements. Additionally, Barcelona Rocks provides a short explanation about the significance of the appearance of the different rock types at the different historical periods of the city. Although it has been designed as a playful learning resource for secondary school students, the level of knowledge also allows bringing some basic concepts and principles of Earth Sciences to the general public, irrespective of age. This app is intended to provide the degree of interactivity and entertainment required by the different individual users and aims to: (i) Explain the techniques and experiments that allow the user to identify the different rocks, as well as their genesis. (ii) Introduce geology to the youngest users in a more attractive and entertaining way, providing also some information regarding the use of the different ornamental rocks during the different historical periods of the city: roman, medieval, etc. (iii) Provide historical and architectural information of the selected buildings in order to improve the city's historical architectural knowledge of the users. (iv) Show the non-expert public the importance of their country's geology. (v) Develop of outreach and dissemination resources taking advantage of the versatile and potent mobile application format using also the content as support material for science courses, seminars, or social learning events. (vi) Encourage new generations of Earth Scientists (vii) Promote science and scientific culture of the society, integrating culture and innovation as essential for the emergence of new scientific and technological vocations, promoting critical thinking, understanding of the scientific method and the social interest in science

  12. COMPETENCIAS CULINARIAS Y CONSUMO DE ALIMENTOS PROCESADOS O PREPARADOS EN ESTUDIANTES UNIVERSITARIOS DE BARCELONA

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    Pedro Sainz García

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Fundamentos: Las competencias culinarias pueden tener relevancia en la salud. El objetivo del estudio fue conocer el estado de las competencias culinarias y el consumo de alimentos procesados o preparados en estudiantes universitarios en Barcelona así como su asociación con variables sociodemográficas y la confianza en algunas competencias culinarias y el saber cocinar. Métodos: Diseño transversal, durante el curso 2014-2015, con 525 estudiantes (81,3% mujeres, edad mediana 21 años, mediante un cuestionario en línea. Se realizaron análisis bivariados y multivariados con modelos de regresión logística. Como medida de asociación se estimó la odds ratio y su intervalo de confianza del 95%. Resultados: Entre el 53% y el 89% de los estudiantes declararon sentirse muy confiados en 10 de las 18 competencias culinarias estudiadas. No se observaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas por sexo y entre el 62% y el 86% de las personas mayores de 21 años expresaron mucha confianza en 9 competencias. La prevalencia del consumo de alimentos procesados o preparados fue del 49,4% y se asoció a la edad (OR=0,95 IC95%: 0,91-0,99, al sexo (hombre, OR=1,98 IC95%: 1,23-3,18 y a no saber cocinar (OR=2,25 IC95%: 1,10-4,60. Entre quienes sabían cocinar este consumo se asoció al sexo (hombre, OR=1,67 IC95%: 1,00-2,77 y a no tener confianza en preparar más de un alimento al mismo tiempo (OR=1,73 IC95%: 1,58-2,60. Conclusiones: Los estudiantes universitarios de Barcelona tienen competencias culinarias mejorables y consumen alimentos procesados o preparados habitualmente.

  13. LMFBR type reactor

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    Kawakami, Hiroto

    1995-02-07

    A reactor container of the present invention has a structure that the reactor container is entirely at the same temperature as that at the inlet of the reactor and, a hot pool is incorporated therein, and the reactor container has is entirely at the same temperature and has substantially uniform temperature follow-up property transiently. Namely, if the temperature at the inlet of the reactor core changes, the temperature of the entire reactor container changes following this change, but no great temperature gradient is caused in the axial direction and no great heat stresses due to axial temperature distribution is caused. Occurrence of thermal stresses caused by the axial temperature distribution can be suppressed to improve the reliability of the reactor container. In addition, since the laying of the reactor inlet pipelines over the inside of the reactor is eliminated, the reactor container is made compact and the heat shielding structures above the reactor and a protection structure of container walls are simplified. Further, secondary coolants are filled to the outside of the reactor container to simplify the shieldings. The combined effects described above can improve economical property and reliability. (N.H.).

  14. Disfagia en ancianos que viven en residencias geriátricas de Barcelona Dysphagia in the elderly living in nursing homes Barcelona

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    M.ª José Torres Camacho

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    Full Text Available El 15% de las personas mayores de 65 años sufre disfagia y la prevalencia en residencias geriátricas (RG se estima en un 40%. Objetivos: conocer la prevalencia de ancianos con disfagia en RG de Barcelona y describir el estado funcional (físico y psíquico, edad, sexo, patologías, fármacos que inciden en la posible aparición de la disfagia y valorar las medidas dietéticas adoptadas por las RG para el manejo de la disfagia. Métodos: se han estudiado 1.777 residentes de 66 RG valorados por la Unidad de Atención Domiciliaria Geriátrica (UADG hasta septiembre de 2008. El estudio se realiza mediante un cuestionario elaborado por la UADG asesorado por Nestlé Nutrition. Resultados: el perfil de las personas con disfagia es de mujeres mayores de 85 años con dependencia física importante y deterioro cognitivo severo. La mitad presenta algún tipo de demencia. La prevalencia de disfagia es del 5,40%. La disfagia a líquidos es del 88,52%. La utilización de espesantes comerciales es reducida. La prevalencia de disfagias a texturas mixtas es del 76,03%. La dieta triturada se da en el 79,16%. Utiliza dieta adecuada el 87,5%. La disfagia sólo consta en la historia clínica en el 13,54%. Conclusiones: la disfagia debe quedar reflejada en la historia clínica. El personal de las RG necesita formación para reconocer los signos de alerta indicativos de disfagia. Las medidas dietéticas son fundamentales.15% of people over 65 suffer dysphagia and prevalence in geriatric residences (GR is estimated at 40%. Objectives: to determine the prevalence of dysphagia in elderly in GR at Barcelona and to describe the functional status (physical and mental, age, sex, diseases, drugs that affect the possible occurrence of dysphagia and to assess dietary measures taken by the GR to management of dysphagia. Methods: we studied 1.777 residents of 66 GR, assessed by the Geriatric Home Care Unit (UADG until September 2008. The study was conducted by questionnarie

  15. Light water reactor safety

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    2013-01-01

    This book describes the principles and practices of reactor safety as applied to the design, regulation and operation of light water reactors, combining a historical approach with an up-to-date account of the safety, technology and operating experience of both pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactors. The introductory chapters set out the basic facts upon which the safety of light water reactors depend. The central section is devoted to the methods and results of safety analysis. The accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl are reviewed and their implications for light wate

  16. Nuclear reactor physics

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    2010-01-01

    Nuclear reactor physics is the core discipline of nuclear engineering. Nuclear reactors now account for a significant portion of the electrical power generated worldwide, and new power reactors with improved fuel cycles are being developed. At the same time, the past few decades have seen an ever-increasing number of industrial, medical, military, and research applications for nuclear reactors. The second edition of this successful comprehensive textbook and reference on basic and advanced nuclear reactor physics has been completely updated, revised and enlarged to include the latest developme

  17. Spinning fluids reactor

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    Miller, Jan D; Hupka, Jan; Aranowski, Robert

    2012-11-20

    A spinning fluids reactor, includes a reactor body (24) having a circular cross-section and a fluid contactor screen (26) within the reactor body (24). The fluid contactor screen (26) having a plurality of apertures and a circular cross-section concentric with the reactor body (24) for a length thus forming an inner volume (28) bound by the fluid contactor screen (26) and an outer volume (30) bound by the reactor body (24) and the fluid contactor screen (26). A primary inlet (20) can be operatively connected to the reactor body (24) and can be configured to produce flow-through first spinning flow of a first fluid within the inner volume (28). A secondary inlet (22) can similarly be operatively connected to the reactor body (24) and can be configured to produce a second flow of a second fluid within the outer volume (30) which is optionally spinning.

  18. Una aproximación a la segregación digital metropolitana y urbana: las comarcas de la provincia de Barcelona y los distritos de la ciudad de Barcelona en el año 2000

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    Full Text Available La segregación digital se refiere a la diferenciación en cuanto al acceso y al uso de las tecnologías digitales de la información y la comunicación (TDIC . Esa diferenciación puede establecerse tanto en términos sociodemográficos como territoriales. El artículo que se presenta es un intento de perfilar la segregación digital en las escalas regional y local, específicamente en las comarcas de la provincia de Barcelona y en los distritos de la ciudad de Barcelona en el año 2000. El uso de información a nivel de hogares permitió constatar territorialmente la existencia de algunas variables sociodemográficas que influyen en la conexión a Internet.

  19. The Role of Bullfighting and FC Barcelona in the Emancipation of Catalonia from Spain (El papel de la corrida de toros y FC Barcelona en la emancipación de Cataluña de España

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    TKac, John A.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: This paper looks at the role that bullfighting and FC Barcelona have played in the growing independence movement in Catalonia. This article will discuss nations, the importance of bullfighting and soccer to Iberian cultures, Catalan political parties and their role in the nationalist movement, the vote to prohibit bullfighting and FC Barcelona´s increasing political conscious. I conclude that bullfighting and soccer have been used by political parties and those associated with the nationalist movement to foster feelings of difference with Spain. These feelings have been passed from the top down to the Catalan people and risk alienating those who are not in agreement with the nationalist movement. Resumen: Este trabajo examina el papel que la corrida de toros y el equipo de fútbol FC Barcelona han hecho en el movimiento continuo hacia la independencia en Cataluña. Discute el concepto de la nación, la importancia de las corridas y el fútbol en culturas ibéricas, partidos políticos catalanes y su rol en el voto a favor de la prohibición de las corridas en Cataluña y la evolución de la conciencia política cada vez más evidente de FC Barcelona. Concluyo que los partidos políticos y otros asociados con el movimiento hacia la independencia se han aprovechado de las corridas y el fútbol para destacar diferencias culturales con España. Esta actitud de diferencia se ha trasladado de arriba-abajo al pueblo catalán y el movimiento nacionalista corre el riesgo de alienar a los que no comparten sus creencias.

  20. Revisió dels odonats valencians de la col·lecció d’artròpodes del Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

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    Fontana-Bria, L.

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Revision of Valencian dragonflies in the arthropod collection at the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona The current work shows the species of Valencian dragonflies preserved in the arthropod collection at the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Spain. The collection contains a total of 33 specimens belonging to 12 species, representing 18% of the known species in the Autonomous Community of Valencia.

  1. Reactor Vessel Surveillance Program for Advanced Reactor

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    Jeong, Kyeong-Hoon; Kim, Tae-Wan; Lee, Gyu-Mahn; Kim, Jong-Wook; Park, Keun-Bae; Kim, Keung-Koo

    2008-10-15

    This report provides the design requirements of an integral type reactor vessel surveillance program for an integral type reactor in accordance with the requirements of Korean MEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Development) Notice 2008-18. This report covers the requirements for the design of surveillance capsule assemblies including their test specimens, test block materials, handling tools, and monitors of the surveillance capsule neutron fluence and temperature. In addition, this report provides design requirements for the program for irradiation surveillance of reactor vessel materials, a layout of specimens and monitors in the surveillance capsule, procedures of installation and retrieval of the surveillance capsule assemblies, and the layout of the surveillance capsule assemblies in the reactor.

  2. Polycentricity, Performance and Planning: Concepts, Evidence and Policy in Barcelona, Catalonia

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    objectives.It is necessary to conduct a further exploration of the three aforementioned major issues related to (1 the conceptualization of polycentricity, (2 the empirical analysis of the dis(advantages of polycentricity, and (3 how to interpret the relationship between polycentricity in research and polycentricity in policy. That is the key motivation for this thesis: to link the knowledge of polycentric constellations and their economic, social, and environmental effects to planning practice and policy in metropolitan areas.General aims and questionsThe overarching research goal of this dissertation is to contribute to the debate on polycentricity in the three interrelated issues mentioned above. First, it aims to renew the conceptualization of polycentricity by bringing together two distinct literatures, namely, the literature on intra-urban polycentricity and the literature on inter-urban polycentricity. Second, it aims to empirically substantiate the relationship between polycentricity and performance in metropolitan areas. Third, it aims to understand how the makers of spatial plans have addressed polycentric development and how the assumed benefits of polycentricity can be realized in planning practice. To accomplish these goals, this thesis addresses three general research questions:How has the conceptualization of polycentric development in spatial plans evolved over time, and what can be learned from this evolution?How has polycentricity been conceptualized in research, and how can it inform planning practice?To what extent does polycentricity foster better performance in a metropolitan area, and how can its effects be realized in planning practice?Single case study: the Barcelona metropolitan regionThe case study of this thesis is the Barcelona metropolitan region. With approximately 5 million people, the Barcelona metropolitan region is the primary urban agglomeration of Catalonia, an autonomous region of 7.5 million inhabitants that is located in Spain. The

  3. The Business of Musical Scores in Barcelona between 1792 and 1834: From Antonio Chueca to Francisco Bernareggi

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    Oriol Brugarolas Bonet

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    Full Text Available The data presented in this article is an initial contribution to the study of musical score business in Barcelona between 1792 and 1834. It includes information about the places where printed and handwritten musical scores could be purchased as well as about the people involved in this business (booksellers, instrument makers, musicians, copyists and small business owners not specialised in music. It also gives specifics about the commercial system through which the purchases were made (direct sales, subscription, hire, exchange, batches, in notebooks or through music newspapers, the repertoire and, in some cases, the price of the musical score. The intensity of the musical score business, particularly from 1814, once the War of Independence had ended, is a clear sign of the high development of the activity and the musical culture of Barcelona, and demonstrates that Spain formed part of a European distribution network for musical scores.

  4. Antonio de Capmany and the city of Barcelona: the value of experience in the path of progress

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    Ramon GRAU I FERNÁNDEZ

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    Full Text Available In his time, Antonio de Capmany (1742-1813 was the most prominent intellectual in the service of the interests of Barcelona, in a willingness to articulate the energy of that city with the efforts of enlightened despotism to relaunch Spain as a continental and colonial power. Extensive knowledge and assimilation of European culture of the Enlightenment allowed him to associate the historical experience of the Catalan capital with modern values. It was not a simple varnish, since the defense of Barcelona as the focus of progress was constructed from documented empirical data and sensory impressions, according to the principles preached by the great British philosophers against speculative rationalism and its incessant occurrences.

  5. Building a panel data set on fuel stations located in the Spanish regional areas of Madrid and Barcelona.

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    Balaguer, Jacint; Ripollés, Jordi

    2016-06-01

    The data described in this article were collected daily over the period June 10, 2010, to November 25, 2012, from the website of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The database includes information about fuel stations regarding to their prices (both gross and net of taxes), brand, location (latitude and longitude), and postal code in the Spanish provinces of Madrid and Barcelona. Moreover, obtaining the postal codes has allowed us to select those stations that are operating within the metropolitan areas of Madrid and Barcelona. By considering those fuel stations that uninterruptedly provided prices during the entire period, the data can be especially useful to explore the dynamics of prices in fuel markets. This is the case of Balaguer and Ripollés (2016), "Asymmetric fuel price responses under heterogeneity" [1], who, taking into account the presence of the potential heterogeneity of the behaviour of fuel stations, used this statistical information to perform an analysis on asymmetric fuel price responses.

  6. Los frescos góticos lineales de la iglesia de Sant Valentí de les Cabanyes (Barcelona

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    María Gracia Salvà Picó

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    Full Text Available La pequeña iglesia de Sant Valenti se halla en el término municipal de Les Cabanyes, muy cerca de Vilafranca del Penedes (Barcelona. El mal estado en que se encontraba el edificio requería una inmediata restauración, de la que se hizo cargo el Servicio de Patrimonio Arquitectónico de la Diputación de Barcelona. Siguiendo la norma de dicho Servicio, antes de la intervención arquitectónica se llevó a cabo una exhaustiva investigación histórica (dirigida por el doctor Alberto López Mullor que comprendió una excavación arqueológica, un estudio documental y un análisis artístico. A nosotros nos correspondió el estudio de las pinturas murales que cubrían buena parte del templo.

  7. Hypogravity Research and Educational Parabolic Flight Activities Conducted in Barcelona: a new Hub of Innovation in Europe

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    Perez-Poch, Antoni; González, Daniel Ventura; López, David

    2016-12-01

    We report on different research and educational activities related to parabolic flights conducted in Barcelona since 2008. We use a CAP10B single-engine aerobatic aircraft flying out of Sabadell Airport and operating in visual flight conditions providing up to 8 seconds of hypogravity for each parabola. Aside from biomedical experiments being conducted, different student teams have flown in parabolic flights in the framework of the international contest `Barcelona Zero-G Challenge', and have published their results in relevant symposiums and scientific journals. The platform can certainly be a good testbed for a proof-of-concept before accessing other microgravity platforms, and has proved to be excellent for motivational student campaigns.

  8. The Geographic Information System techniques impact analyze of Office's Properties in Barcelona

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    Garcia, P. A.; Biere, R. A.; Moix, M. B.

    2007-05-01

    The changes in the characteristics and needs in the cities structures means new challenges in the space to the economics activities. The increasing predominance of the tertiary industry, of offices or I+D buildings, like an effect of the economic transformation implies new forms, new technical characteristics and similar alternatives locations accordant with a changing demand. The project that is presented here, is developed by the Centre of Land Policy and Valuations of the University Polytechnic of Catalonia for the company "Servicios de Geo-marketing Inmobiliario S.L.' (SGMI, Real State Geo- marketing Services S.L.) The process consists in the generation of a geographic information system to the analyses of the characteristics office's buildings of Barcelona in the sense to introduce the property office's buildings of Barcelona into a database for the geo-marketing. This application allows the access to the necessary information of technical and constructive characteristics of the office's buildings, summoned by the most emblematic or central locations to the best technical level in their constructions towards facilitating the maximum knowledge the citizen in order to assure the choice according to the needs for every profile of demand. The work has consisted basically in defining the technical criteria of evaluation of the building, to systematize those characteristics in some indicators (variable) capable of expressing the level of quality of every variable, to establish a system measurement of greater to smaller value explained to the quality. Systematizing the collection of information of a total of 683 buildings of Barcelona and of some municipalities of its periphery, through a visit to every building, to process the data obtained to a database and to standardize the value of quality for every indicator and set of indicators towards determining a final qualification, obtained from the different physical, constructive and qualitative characteristics of

  9. Long term effects of traffic noise on mortality in the city of Barcelona, 2004-2007.

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    Barceló, Maria Antònia; Varga, Diego; Tobias, Aurelio; Diaz, Julio; Linares, Cristina; Saez, Marc

    2016-05-01

    Numerous studies showing statistically significant associations between environmental noise and adverse health effects already exist for short-term (over one day at most) and long-term (over a year or more) noise exposure, both for morbidity and (albeit to a lesser extent) mortality. Recently, several studies have shown this association to be independent from confounders, mainly those of air pollutants. However, what has not been addressed is the problem of misalignment (i.e. the exposure data locations and health outcomes have different spatial locations). Without any explicit control of such misalignment inference is seriously compromised. Our objective is to assess the long-term effects of traffic noise on mortality in the city of Barcelona (Spain) during 2004-2007. We take into account the control of confounding, for both air pollution and socioeconomic factors at a contextual level and, in particular, we explicitly address the problem of misalignment. We employed a case-control design with individual data. We used deaths resulting from myocardial infarction, hypertension, or Type II diabetes mellitus in Barcelona between 2004 and 2007 as cases for the study, while for controls we used deaths (likewise in Barcelona and over the same period of time) resulting from AIDS or external causes (e.g. accidental falls, accidental poisoning by psychotropic drugs, drugs of abuse, suicide and self-harm, or injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents). The controls were matched with the cases by sex and age. We used the annual average equivalent A-weighted sound pressure levels for daytime (7-21h), evening-time (21-23h) and night-time (23-7h), and controlled for the following confounders: i) air pollutants (NO2, PM10 and benzene), ii) material deprivation (at a census tract level) and iii) land use and other spatial variables. We explicitly controlled for heterogeneity (uneven distribution of both response and environmental exposures within an area), spatial dependency

  10. A Mediterranean case study of flood evolution: the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

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    Llasat, Maria Carmen; Gilabert, Joan; Llasat-Botija, Montserrat; Cortès, Maria; Marcos, Raül; Martín-Vide, Juan Pedro; Turco, Marco; Falcón, Lluis

    2016-04-01

    Flood risk changes in Mediterranean Region integrate multiple factors, some of them related with the hazard (i.e. rainfall intensity), the vulnerability and exposure (i.e. population or assets), feedback processes that affect both hazard and vulnerability (i.e. urbanization of flood prone areas), mitigation and adaptation measures (i.e. rainwater tanks or early warning systems), and the available information used to estimate flood events (i.e. newspapers or gauged data). Flood events in the West Mediterranean region are usually produced as a consequence of very intense and local precipitation, mainly recorded on late summer and autumn that can give place to flash-floods in little torrential rivers (usually non-permanent flows) or urban floods. The Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB), Spain, constitutes a good paradigm of a Mediterranean coast region, with strong urbanization of flood prone areas and high population density in an area crossed by numerous streams. The AMB is constituted by 36 municipalities with a total population above 3.200.000 inhabitants in an extension of 636 km². The major part of the population is concentrated between the Besós River and the Llobregat River, the Littoral Range and the Mediterranean Sea. Although both rivers have experienced catastrophic flood events (i.e. 25 September 1962, 815 deaths; 19-23 September 1971, 19 deaths; October 1987, 8 deaths), the most frequent situation is related with floods in non-permanent streams. Their main impacts are consequence of drainage and runoff problems and can affect both urban and rural areas. This contribution explores the evolution of land uses, population and precipitation from the middle of the 20th century until now, and how these changes have affected (or not), the flood risk. To do it, daily and sub-daily rainfall series, discharge series for the Llobregat and Besós Rivers, population data and land use changes have been analyzed. Future precipitation projections provided by an

  11. La casa de Bernat de Sarrià, canonge de la Seu de Barcelona, vers 1300

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    Batlle i Gallart, Carme

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available This article studies the will and inventory of goods left by a rich canon, named Bernat of Sarria, who belonged to a noble family from the surroundings of Barcelona, where his house was built. The canon had a cousin —also named Bernat—, who was a king's counsellor and a very influential person at the court. The inventory is dated the day after the canon was dead, on the 26th July 1302. It contains a large number of clothes, furniture and coins, but neither books nor weapons. The canon also possessed several servants and three slaves, fourteen decorated silver cups, twelve rings and some landed properties in Premià and Alella (villages not far from Barcelona, that produced crops of wheat, barley, wine and oil. A benefice in memory of the date of his death was constituted, with his fortune, at Saint Michael's chapel of Barcelona cathedral. This benefice was devoted to the poor and especially to nourish, for ever, a poor person who was dependent of the cathedral's Almoina. The canon destined for these two pious institutions the amount he obtained of selling his slaves.[fr] Étude du testament et de l'inventaire des propriétés d'un riche chanoine. Bernat de Sarrià, appartenant à une famille de la petite noblesse des alentours de Barcelone, où se trouvait leur maison fortifiée. Un chevalier, cousin et avec le même nom du chanoine, était conseiller du roi et un grand personnage à la cour à cette époque. L'inventaire, daté du lendemain de la mort du chanoine, le 26 juillet 1302, est très riche en robes, meubles, monnaies, mais pas du tout en livres ou armes. Le chanoine possède trois esclaves, en plus des servants, catorze coupes d'argent, plus ou moins décorées avec des émaux et des incisions, une douzaine d'anneaux, et aussi des propriétés foncières à Premia et à Alella, sur la côte nord de Barcelone, d'où il tire le blé, l'orge, le vin et l'huile gardés dans son grenier et son cellier. Sa fortune est destinée à un b

  12. ARGONAUTE10 promotes the degradation of miR165/6 through the SDN1 and SDN2 exonucleases in Arabidopsis

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    Zhai, Jixian; Chen, Jiayi; Luscher, Elizabeth; Gao, Lei; Liu, Chunyan; Cao, Xiaofeng; Mo, Beixin; Ma, Jinbiao; Meyers, Blake C.

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    The degradation of small RNAs in plants and animals is associated with small RNA 3′ truncation and 3′ uridylation and thus relies on exonucleases and nucleotidyl transferases. ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins associate with small RNAs in vivo and are essential for not only the activities but also the stability of small RNAs. AGO1 is the microRNA (miRNA) effector in Arabidopsis, and its closest homolog, AGO10, maintains stem cell homeostasis in meristems by sequestration of miR165/6, a conserved miRNA acting through AGO1. Here, we show that SMALL RNA DEGRADING NUCLEASES (SDNs) initiate miRNA degradation by acting on AGO1-bound miRNAs to cause their 3′ truncation, and the truncated species are uridylated and degraded. We report that AGO10 reduces miR165/6 accumulation by enhancing its degradation by SDN1 and SDN2 in vivo. In vitro, AGO10-bound miR165/6 is more susceptible to SDN1-mediated 3′ truncation than AGO1-bound miR165/6. Thus, AGO10 promotes the degradation of miR165/6, which is contrary to the stabilizing effect of AGO1. Our work identifies a class of exonucleases responsible for miRNA 3′ truncation in vivo and uncovers a mechanism of specificity determination in miRNA turnover. This work, together with previous studies on AGO10, suggests that spatially regulated miRNA degradation underlies stem cell maintenance in plants. PMID:28231321

  13. Give It AGO: The Search for miRNA-Argonaute Sorting Signals in Arabidopsis thaliana Indicates a Relevance of Sequence Positions Other than the 5'-Position Alone.

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    Thieme, Christoph J; Schudoma, Christian; May, Patrick; Walther, Dirk

    2012-01-01

    The specific recognition of miRNAs by Argonaute (AGO) proteins, the effector proteins of the RNA-induced silencing complex, constitutes the final step of the biogenesis of miRNAs and is crucial for their target interaction. In the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana (Ath), 10 different AGO proteins are encoded and the sorting decision, which miRNA associates with which AGO protein, was reported to depend exclusively on the identity of the 5'-sequence position of mature miRNAs. Hence, with only four different bases possible, a 5'-position-only sorting signal would not suffice to specifically target all 10 different AGOs individually or would suggest redundant AGO action. Alternatively, other and as of yet unidentified sorting signals may exist. We analyzed a dataset comprising 117 Ath-miRNAs with clear sorting preference to either AGO1, AGO2, or AGO5 as identified in co-immunoprecipitation experiments combined with sequencing. While mutual information analysis did not identify any other single position but the 5'-nucleotide to be informative for the sorting at sufficient statistical significance, significantly better than random classification results using Random Forests nonetheless suggest that additional positions and combinations thereof also carry information with regard to the AGO sorting. Positions 2, 6, 9, and 13 appear to be of particular importance. Furthermore, uracil bases at defined positions appear to be important for the sorting to AGO2 and AGO5, in particular. No predictive value was associated with miRNA length or base pair binding pattern in the miRNA:miRNA* duplex. From inspecting available AGO gene expression data in Arabidopsis, we conclude that the temporal and spatial expression profile may also contribute to the fine-tuning of miRNA sorting and function.

  14. Algunos ejemplos de actuaciones urbanísticas y de vida ciudadana en la Barcelona del siglo XIV

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    En Barcelona, el siglo XIV se caracterizó por un importante progreso urbanístico que se manifestó en la edificación de las segundas murallas, abertura de nuevas calles y plazas o ampliación de otras ya existentes y construcción de edificios públicos no sólo religiosos sino también civiles.

  15. HIV medicine after Barcelona conference: interview with Howard Grossman, M.D. Interview by John S. James.

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    2002-09-06

    We asked a leading HIV physician to summarize some of the treatment issues that clinicians are now looking at after the Barcelona conference. Topics in this interview include: Tenofovir, including first-line therapy; The shift from protease inhibitors to non-nucleoside RT inhibitors, for many but not all patients; Benefits of once-a-day regimens; Lipodystrophy, and strategies for avoiding or reducing it; Viral resistance testing; T-20; Prevention--including danger of superinfection with a new HIV strain.

  16. Una polèmica prosòdica a l'Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona

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    Full Text Available August Rafanell presents and discusses a prosodic controversy that took place in the Acadèmia de Bones Lletres of Barcelona in the later xviii century. The controvers, on interest for the history of orthographic and prosodic issues, demonstrates the acceptance, by some important enlightened men, of the secessionist theses that were imposed in the xviii century on the Valencian people.

  17. Concentrations and determinants of NO{sub 2} in homes of Ashford, UK and Barcelona and Menorca, Spain

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    Algar, O.G.; Puig, C.; Vall, O. [Hospital del Mar, Pediatrics, and Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); Pichini, S. [Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Drug Research and Control Dept., Rome (Italy); Basagana, X. [Institut Municipal Investigacio Medica, Barcelona (Spain); Torrent, M. [INSALUD, Area de Salud de Menorca, Menorca Island (Spain); Harris, J.; Cullinan, P. [Imperial College, Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Med., London (United Kingdom); Sunyer, J. [Univ. Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain)

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    The study examined indoor nitrogen dioxide (NO{sub 2}) concentrations in Ashford, Kent (UK), Menorca Island and Barcelona city (Spain) and the contribution of their most important indoor determinants (e.g. gas combustion appliances and cigarette smoking). The homes examined (n = 1421) were those from infants recruited for the Asthma Multicentre Infants Cohort Study, which aimed to assess, using a standard protocol, the effects of pre- and post-natal environmental exposures in the inception of atopy and asthma. Indoor NO{sub 2} was measured using passive filter badges placed on a living room wall of the hoes for between 7 and 15 days. Homes in the three centers had significantly diffent concentrations of indoor NO{sub 2}, with those in Barcelona showing the highest levels (median NO{sub 2} levels: 5.79, 6.06 and 23.87 p.p.b. in Ashford, Menorca and Barcelona, respectively). Multiple regression analysis showed that the principal indoor determinants of NO{sub 2} concentrations in the three cohorts were the heating/cooking fuel used in the house (gas fire increased average NO{sub 2} concentrations by 1.27-fold and gas cooker by 2.13 times), parental cigarette smoking and season of measurement. Those variable significantly related to indoor NO{sub 2} concentration in Ashford, Barcelona and Menorca, respectively. In all the cohorts combined, 52% of the variation could be explained in this way. Although outdoor NO{sub 2} was not measured concurrently, its additional contribution was estimated. In conclusion, despite differences in indoore NO{sub 2} mean concentrations probably reflecting different outdoor NO{sub 2} level, home factors affecting indoor NO{sub 2} values and their specific contributions were constant across the their cohorts. (au)

  18. Anatomía de la dispersión urbana en Barcelona

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    Full Text Available No existe una definición comúnmente aceptada de dispersión urbana (urban sprawl, de modo que la investigación aplicada ha trabajado con diferentes indicadores que pretenden a su vez capturar los distintos significados con que se ha dotado al término. En este trabajo se mide cómo ha evolucionado la dispersión de la población y del empleo de la Región Metropolitana de Barcelona (RMB entre 1986 y 2001. Las dimensiones exploradas se dividen en dos grupos: i forma urbana (desconcentración, baja densidad y discontinuidad y ii estructura urbana. A diferencia de algunos trabajos donde el policentrismo y el crecimiento lineal se presentan como dos formas de dispersión, en nuestro caso contraponemos la idea de expansión urbana estructurada (lineal o policéntrica con la de expansión urbana desestructurada (amorfa, caótica o aleatoria, equiparando esta última con la cuarta dimensión de la dispersión. Los resultados obtenidos indican que la población y el empleo de la RMB se han descentralizado de forma desconcentrada y la densidad residencial se ha reducido. Sin embargo, la RMB no ha crecido de forma discontinua ni desestructurada, sino todo lo contrario.There is no commonly accepted definition of urban sprawl, and therefore applied research has worked with different indicators aiming to grasp the diverse meanings assigned to the term. This study measures how the dispersion of population and employment in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region (BMR developed between 1986 and 2001. The dimensions that were investigated are divided into two groups. The first one involves dimensions of urban form (decentralization, low density and discontinuity, and the second, of urban structure. As opposed to some studies, where polycentrism and linear growth are presented as two forms of sprawl, in our case we contrast the idea of structured urban expansion (linear or poly-centric with de structured urban expansion (amorphous, chaotic or random, identifying

  19. El comercio de los inmigrantes en el centro histórico de Barcelona en 2004

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    Full Text Available In the last decade the increasing number of foreign immigrants in Catalonia has been especially apparent in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, where immigrants’ shops have multiplied. The Ciutat Vella immigrant shops have several features such as small size, a long working day and the presence of employed relatives together with other employees of the same origin as that of the employer. The dominant typologies of the shops are: groceries, tele shops, money transfer (for remittances, basars (general stores, butcher’s shops, retail and wholesale textile shops, bars and restaurants. The dominant foreign entrepreneurs are Pakistanis, Indians, Chinese, Morrocans, Dominicans, Bangladeshis, Filipinos and Algerians. The work shows the geographical specialization by shop typology and geographical origin of the entrepreneurs, the concentration of the shops by zones and by streets and the spatial correlation between retail, residence and religious centres.

    En la última década el creciente número de inmigrantes extranjeros en Cataluña se ha hecho especialmente patente en el distrito de Ciutat Vella de Barcelona, donde han proliferado los comercios de este colectivo. Los comercios de los inmigrantes en este distrito se caracterizan por tener unas reducidas dimensiones, una jornada larga y por la presencia de familiares empleados y de otros empleados del mismo origen geográfico que el del titular del negocio. Las tipologías predominantes de los comercios son: colmados, locutorios, envíos de remesas, bazares, carnicerías, minoristas y mayoristas de ropa, bares y restaurantes. Los titulares extranjeros mayoritarios son pakistaníes, indios, chinos, marroquíes, dominicanos, bangladeshis, filipinos y argelinos. El trabajo muestra la especialización geográfica por tipo de comercio y origen geográfico de los empresarios, la concentración de comercios por zonas y por calles y la correlación espacial entre comercio, residencia y centros

  20. Viaducto sobre el rio Llobregat de la Autopista Barcelona-Tarragona, España

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    Fernández Casado, C.

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    Full Text Available Situated in the vicinity of Barcelona, over the LIobregat River, this viaduct bears two roadways 16 meters wide and 440 meters long. It is a continuous viaduct formed of 11 sections of 40-meter spans and S double T section beams placed 3.35 meters apart. The bridge supports are also of double T formation, with a 2.5 meters wide vertical octagonal stem and changing in depth from 2 to 0.7 meters at the edge. The lower footing is supported on 9 piles each 1 meter in diameter. The 80 t beams were prefabricated in the factory and later put in place using a movable formwork. The continuity between beams was made possible by reinforcement placed in the upper slab of the deck and the lower part of the beams. A detailed study has been made on the redistribution of bending moments by creep and shrinking.Situado en las proximidades de Barcelona, y sobre el río Llobregat, está formado por dos calzadas de 16 m de ancho y 440 m de longitud. Es un viaducto continuo que consta de 11 vanos de 40 m de luz, cada uno de los cuales se compone de cinco vigas sección doble T con separación entre ellas de 3,35 metros. Las pilas sobre las que reposa tienen también forma doble T con fuste vertical octogonal de 2,5 m de ancho, cabezal superior en transición poligonal, hasta el borde, variable de 2 a 0,7 m y zapata inferior que se apoya sobre 9 pilotes de 1 m de diámetro. Tanto las vigas como el cabezal de las pilas están pretensados con cables de 150 toneladas. Las vigas de 80 t de peso fueron prefabricadas en taller y colocadas en obra por medio de una cimbra de lanzamiento. La continuidad entre vigas se realizó por medio de armadura pasiva, colocada en la losa superior del tablero y en la parte inferior de las vigas. Se ha llevado a cabo un estudio detallado de la redistribución de momentos flectores por fluencia y retracción.

  1. SER BUEN DOCENTE ¿QUÉ OPINAN LOS ESTUDIANTES DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE BARCELONA?

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    Rosa Sayós

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This study presents the opinion of the students of the University of Barcelona about the teaching skills that a good teacher should have. We conducted a survey through mobile devices among 1062 students in the first term of 2014. An Exploratory factor analysis (EFA gathers three main factors with eigenvalues greater than one, which explain 53.59% of variability: factor 1, methodology, teaching planning and good knowledge transmission; factor 2, interpersonal communication; factor 3, coordination of teaching team members. The reliability of the three factors is confirmed (α from .837 to .727. We did not observe significant differencesaccording to the area of knowledge and level of education for any teaching skill, although gender differences were detected in factors 1 and 2. Most students defined as good teaching qualities the following aspects: a reliable teaching plan, the use of appropriate teaching methods and having interpersonal skills. Outcomes showed significant coincidences by the comparison of the importance given by students and teachers to each teaching skill. The contributions of the students will be useful to redefine teaching skills and recognise indicators to assess teacher’s performance. Resumen Se presentan los resultados de una encuesta realizada entre los estudiantes de la Universidad de Barcelona (UB para conocer su opinión sobre las competencias que debería tener un buen docente. La encuesta se distribuyó a través de dispositivos móviles a un total de 1062 estudiantes. Un análisis factorial exploratorio (AFE agrupa los ítems de la encuesta en tres factores, con valores propios mayores que uno, que explican el 53.59% de la variabilidad: factor 1, metodología, planificación docente y buena transmisión de los contenidos; factor 2, comunicación interpersonal; factor 3, coordinación entre profesores. La fiabilidad de los tres factores es adecuada (α entre .837 y .727. No se observan diferencias estad

  2. The ecodesign and planning of sustainable neighbourhoods: the Vallbona case study (Barcelona

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    Farreny, R.

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Global sustainability is increasingly an issue of urban sustainability, being essential to encourage more benign trajectories of urbanisation. For this, there is need for a framework that could aid in the process of designing and redesigning (retrofitting cities. The aim of this paper is to present and describe the methodology of urban ecodesign, which is characterized by a systematic incorporation of environmental life cycle considerations into the design of urban systems. The paper presents a case study of neighbourhood ecodesign from the city of Barcelona (Vallbona neighbourhood. This practical experience shows that the inclusion of sustainability criteria at an early stage of the design and planning of urban systems is the best strategy for environmental protection.In addition; a methodological framework is described in order to provide planners with a structured way of designing urban settlements so as to move towards sustainable urban environments.

    La sostenibilidad global es cada vez más un tema de sostenibilidad urbana. Por este motivo, es necesario un marco de trabajo que pueda ayudar en el proceso de diseño y rediseño (rehabilitación de nuestras ciudades. El objetivo de este trabajo es presentar y describir la metodología de ecodiseño adaptada a los entornos urbanos, la cual se caracteriza por la incorporación sistemática de las consideraciones ambientales a lo largo de su ciclo de vida. El documento presenta un caso de estudio de ecodiseño del barrio de Vallbona (Barcelona. Esta experiencia demuestra que la inclusión de criterios de sostenibilidad en las etapas iniciales de diseño y planificación de los sistemas urbanos es la mejor estrategia para la prevención ambiental. Además, se presenta un marco metodológico con el fin de proporcionar a los planificadores una forma estructurada de diseño de los asentamientos urbanos que les permita avanzar hacia entornos urbanos más sostenibles.

  3. Estimating GHG emissions of marine ports-the case of Barcelona

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    Villalba, Gara, E-mail: gara.villalba@uab.e [Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Gemechu, Eskinder Demisse, E-mail: eskinderdemisse.gemechu@urv.ca [Environmental Management and Analysis Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Av. Paisos Catalans 26, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)

    2011-03-15

    In recent years, GHG inventories of cities have expanded to include extra-boundary activities that form part of the city's urban metabolism and economy. This paper centers on estimating the emissions due to seaports, in such a way that they can be included as part of the city's inventory or be used by the port itself to monitor their policy and technology improvements for mitigating climate change. We propose the indicators GHG emissions per ton of cargo handled or per passenger and emissions per value of cargo handled as practical measures for policy making and emission prevention measures to be monitored over time. Adapting existing methodologies to the Port of Barcelona, we calculated a total of 331,390 tons of GHG emissions (CO{sub 2} equivalents) for the year of 2008, half of which were attributed to vessel movement (sea-based emissions) and the other half to port, land related activities (land-based emissions). The highest polluters were auto carriers with 6 kg of GHG emissions per ton of cargo handled. Knowing the highest emitters, the port can take action to improve the ship's activities within the port limits, such as maneuvering and hotelling. With these results, the port and the city can also find ways to reduce the land-based emissions. - Research highlights: {yields} Adapting existing methodologies to the Port of Barcelona (PoB), we calculated a total of 331,390 tons of GHG emissions for the year of 2008, half of which were attributed to vessel movement (sea-based emissions) and the other half to port, land related activities (land-based emissions) {yields} Emissions per ton of cargo handled is proposed as an indicator to pin point high polluting vessels-a measure independent of the city the port belongs to. For 2008, the highest polluters were auto carriers with 6 kg of GHG emissions per ton of cargo handled. {yields} An additional measure of emissions per value of cargo handled is proposed to complement the emissions per weight

  4. The disarticulated forms of neoliberal urbanism in the XXI century: the case of Barcelona Forum 2004

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    Angelino Mazza

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The contradictions within the policies of requalification of the City of Barcelona have become more evident in relation to some of the most recent urban transformations, as in the case of the project for the renewal of the Diagonal-Mar area; urban space where the Forum of Cultures 2004 has been held. The Forum turned into a failure, according to the paradigm of the criticisms, on the cultural and, above all, political (or marketing level; in its urban dimension, it has been the expression of the city that mires to the global insertion: it is a urban planning which is prevalently oriented to the external demand. The regeneration of the Diagonal-Mar has shown a scant consideration of social objectives, with the creation of spaces, where the concept of value of exchange predominates over the value of use. The actor (public and above all private investors, that participated to the redaction of the project of urban renewal of the area, produced a great propagandistic effort, presenting it as an open cultural initiative which can assume also the social criticisms.A lot of social and civil organization did not participate, and their proposals have not been accepted, and so, today, urban and social processes, rebound on the success or failure of the urban planning in an important area of the city. From that, what Borja (2005 defines the “urban malaise of Barcelona” starts, over the years of social and economic growth, the inhabitants of Barcelona fell a certain malaise, which is highlighted by the today’s crisis. The big urban projects do not generate any enthusiasm, citizens feel themselves progressively less owners of the own city, the architecture of the “great singular objects” does not represent the element of identity of the society. By scanning those urban imaginaries from a theoretical-conceptual viewpoint, which is formal and empiric, the question emerges, if the punctual urban planning operation of a sector could create evaluations

  5. Los procesos de exclusión social de las personas sin hogar en la ciudad de Barcelona

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    María Virginia Matulic-Domandzic

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se abordan los procesos de exclusión social de las personas sin hogar en la ciudad de Barcelona a través de tres apartados. En primer lugar se realiza una aproximación a los procesos de exclusión social presentes en las sociedades europeas, seguidamente se centra la mirada en la dimensión conceptual de las personas sin hogar y en sus principales causas, para finalizar con unas conclusiones en donde se sintetizan los temas planteados, así como los retos de futuro que se presentan en este fenémeno. El contenido del artículo forma parte del trabajo de investigación que se está realizando sobre los procesos de inclusión de las personas sin hogar en Barcelona. Dicha investigación está vinculada al Doctorado "Educación y sociedad" de la Universidad de Barcelona, a través del Departamento de Trabajo Social y Servicios Sociales. El incremento del fenómeno del sinhogarismo responde a procesos macrosociales que han caracterizado a las sociedades posfordistas de las últimas décadas donde la fragilidad de las redes de apoyo y de los sistemas de proteción social tienen una importancia crucial.

  6. Viejos problemas y nuevos vecinos. Consecuencias de una gran reforma urbana en el barrio del Raval, Barcelona

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    Miquel Fernández González

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available El barrio del Raval de Barcelona, conocido anteriormente como Distrito V y asociado a la mitificada sordidez del Barrio Chino (uno de los más populares barrios rojos de Europa, se encuentra actualmente en una fase terminal de su reforma urbanística. Esta se inició en 1988 a rebufo de la elección de Barcelona como sede de los Juegos Olímpicos de 1992. Arrancando el presente siglo, se implementó la última intervención urbanística sobre el barrio, concretamente sobre la zona de estudio, la conocida como Illa Robador. La calle d'en Robador ha sido hasta época muy reciente -y probablemente aún lo siga siendo- el nuevo epicentro y quizás el último bastión del Barrio Chino. El mito y la reforma urbanística se convocan en la etnografía que aquí se presenta. Se ha querido levantar acta de los encuentros y encontronazos entre «viejos vecinos», que han sobrevivido a toda clase de mistificaciones y estigmatizaciones, y «nuevos vecinos» atraídos por la posibilidad de vivir en un lugar céntrico, en el nuevo distrito cultural de Barcelona. Se concluye interpretando estos conflictos a la luz de lo que algunos autores llaman un nuevo colonialismo urbano.

  7. A geological model for the management of subsurface data in the urban environment of Barcelona and surrounding area

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    Vázquez-Suñé, Enric; Ángel Marazuela, Miguel; Velasco, Violeta; Diviu, Marc; Pérez-Estaún, Andrés; Álvarez-Marrón, Joaquina

    2016-09-01

    The overdevelopment of cities since the industrial revolution has shown the need to incorporate a sound geological knowledge in the management of required subsurface infrastructures and in the assessment of increasingly needed groundwater resources. Additionally, the scarcity of outcrops and the technical difficulty to conduct underground exploration in urban areas highlights the importance of implementing efficient management plans that deal with the legacy of heterogeneous subsurface information. To deal with these difficulties, a methodology has been proposed to integrate all the available spatio-temporal data into a comprehensive spatial database and a set of tools that facilitates the analysis and processing of the existing and newly added data for the city of Barcelona (NE Spain). Here we present the resulting actual subsurface 3-D geological model that incorporates and articulates all the information stored in the database. The methodology applied to Barcelona benefited from a good collaboration between administrative bodies and researchers that enabled the realization of a comprehensive geological database despite logistic difficulties. Currently, the public administration and also private sectors both benefit from the geological understanding acquired in the city of Barcelona, for example, when preparing the hydrogeological models used in groundwater assessment plans. The methodology further facilitates the continuous incorporation of new data in the implementation and sustainable management of urban groundwater, and also contributes to significantly reducing the costs of new infrastructures.

  8. La imagen turística de Barcelona a través de las películas internacionales

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    Eugeni Osácar Marzal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available El mundo audiovisual y, como consecuencia, las imágenes, constituyen un elemento clave del desarrollo social, cultural y económico de las sociedades del siglo XXI. Los espacios reales transformados en localizaciones audiovisuales producen una influencia, consciente o inconsciente, que induce a incorporar al imaginario personal de cada uno los lugares donde se desarrollan sus producciones preferidas. El objetivo principal de esta investigación es analizar la vinculación entre la imagen emitida por las películas de producción o coproducción internacional rodadas total o parcialmente en Barcelona y la imagen turística del destino Barcelona. Los resultados se han obtenido a partir de una metodologia fundamentalmente analíticodescriptiva. Como principal conclusión del estudio se puede remarcar la imagen positiva de Barcelona que transmiten mayoritariamente las películas internacionales y que, además, coincide con los principales atributos y valores del posicionamiento de la ciudad.

  9. SNTP program reactor design

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    Walton, Lewis A.; Sapyta, Joseph J.

    1993-06-01

    The Space Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (SNTP) program is evaluating the feasibility of a particle bed reactor for a high-performance nuclear thermal rocket engine. Reactors operating between 500 MW and 2,000 MW will produce engine thrusts ranging from 20,000 pounds to 80,000 pounds. The optimum reactor arrangement depends on the power level desired and the intended application. The key components of the reactor have been developed and are being tested. Flow-to-power matching considerations dominate the thermal-hydraulic design of the reactor. Optimal propellant management during decay heat cooling requires a three-pronged approach. Adequate computational methods exist to perform the neutronics analysis of the reactor core. These methods have been benchmarked to critical experiment data.

  10. Fast Spectrum Reactors

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    Todd, Donald; Tsvetkov, Pavel

    2012-01-01

    Fast Spectrum Reactors presents a detailed overview of world-wide technology contributing to the development of fast spectrum reactors. With a unique focus on the capabilities of fast spectrum reactors to address nuclear waste transmutation issues, in addition to the well-known capabilities of breeding new fuel, this volume describes how fast spectrum reactors contribute to the wide application of nuclear power systems to serve the global nuclear renaissance while minimizing nuclear proliferation concerns. Readers will find an introduction to the sustainable development of nuclear energy and the role of fast reactors, in addition to an economic analysis of nuclear reactors. A section devoted to neutronics offers the current trends in nuclear design, such as performance parameters and the optimization of advanced power systems. The latest findings on fuel management, partitioning and transmutation include the physics, efficiency and strategies of transmutation, homogeneous and heterogeneous recycling, in addit...

  11. Hybrid reactors. [Fuel cycle

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    Moir, R.W.

    1980-09-09

    The rationale for hybrid fusion-fission reactors is the production of fissile fuel for fission reactors. A new class of reactor, the fission-suppressed hybrid promises unusually good safety features as well as the ability to support 25 light-water reactors of the same nuclear power rating, or even more high-conversion-ratio reactors such as the heavy-water type. One 4000-MW nuclear hybrid can produce 7200 kg of /sup 233/U per year. To obtain good economics, injector efficiency times plasma gain (eta/sub i/Q) should be greater than 2, the wall load should be greater than 1 MW.m/sup -2/, and the hybrid should cost less than 6 times the cost of a light-water reactor. Introduction rates for the fission-suppressed hybrid are usually rapid.

  12. Multi purpose research reactor

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    Raina, V.K. [Research Reactor Design and Projects Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)]. E-mail: vkrain@magnum.barc.ernet.in; Sasidharan, K. [Research Reactor Design and Projects Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Sengupta, Samiran [Research Reactor Design and Projects Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Singh, Tej [Research Reactor Services Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2006-04-15

    At present Dhruva and Cirus reactors provide the majority of research reactor based facilities to cater to the various needs of a vast pool of researchers in the field of material sciences, physics, chemistry, bio sciences, research and development work for nuclear power plants and production of radio isotopes. With a view to further consolidate and expand the scope of research and development in nuclear and allied sciences, a new 20 MWt multi purpose research reactor is being designed. This paper describes some of the design features and safety aspects of this reactor.

  13. INVAP's Research Reactor Designs

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    Eduardo Villarino

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available INVAP, an Argentine company founded more than three decades ago, is today recognized as one of the leaders within the research reactor industry. INVAP has participated in several projects covering a wide range of facilities, designed in accordance with the requirements of our different clients. For complying with these requirements, INVAP developed special skills and capabilities to deal with different fuel assemblies, different core cooling systems, and different reactor layouts. This paper summarizes the general features and utilization of several INVAP research reactor designs, from subcritical and critical assemblies to high-power reactors.

  14. LMFBR type reactor

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    Kanbe, Mitsuru

    1997-04-04

    An LMFBR type reactor comprises a plurality of reactor cores in a reactor container. Namely, a plurality of pot containing vessels are disposed in the reactor vessel and a plurality of reactor cores are formed in a state where an integrated-type fuel assembly is each inserted to a pot, and a coolant pipeline is connected to each of the pot containing-vessel to cool the reactor core respectively. When fuels are exchanged, the integrated-type fuel assembly is taken out together with the pot from the reactor vessel in a state where the integrated-type fuel assembly is immersed in the coolants in the pot as it is. Accordingly, coolants are supplied to each of the pot containing-vessel connected with the coolant pipeline and circulate while cooling the integrated-type fuel assembly for every pot. Then, when the fuels are exchanged, the integrated type fuel assembly is taken out to the outside of the reactor together with the pot by taking up the pot from the pot-containing vessel. Then, neutron economy is improved to thereby improve reactor power and the breeding ratio. (N.H.)

  15. PREFACE: Proceedings of the 7th International LISA Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, 16-20 June 2008

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    Lobo, Alberto; Sopuerta, Carlos F.

    2009-07-01

    In June 2006 the LISA International Science Team (LIST) accepted the bid presented by the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) to host the 7th International LISA Symposium. This was during its 11th meeting at the University of Maryland, just before the 6th edition of the Symposium started in NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The 7th International LISA Symposium took place at the city of Barcelona, Spain, from 16-20 June 2008, in the premises of CosmoCaixa, a modern Science Museum located in the hills near Tibidabo. Almost 240 delegates registered for the event, a record breaking figure compared to previous editions of the Symposium. Many of the most renowned world experts in LISA, Gravitational Wave Science, and Astronomy, as well as Engineers, attended LISA 7 and produced state-of-the-art presentations, while everybody benefited from the opportunity to have live discussions during the week in a friendly environment. The programme included 31 invited plenary lectures in the mornings, and 8 parallel sessions in the afternoons. These were classified into 7 major areas of research: LISA Technology, LISA PathFinder, LISA PathFinder Data Analysis, LISA Data Analysis, Gravitational Wave sources, Cosmology and Fundamental Physics with LISA and Other Gravitational Wave Detectors. 138 abstracts for communications were received, of which a selection was made by the session convenors which would fit time constraints. Up to 63 posters completed the scientific programme. More details on the programme, including some of the talks, can be found at the Symposium website: http://www.ice.cat/research/LISA_Symposium. There was however a remarkable add-on: Professor Clifford Will delivered a startling presentation to the general public, who completely filled the Auditori—the main Conference Room, 320 seats—and were invited to ask questions to the speaker who had boldly guided them through the daunting world of Black Holes, Waves of Gravity, and other Warped Ideas of

  16. Hola!Barcelona!Hola!3GSM!3GSM World Congress 2006记行

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    2006年2月13日~16日,全球移动通信业界一年一度最大的盛会3GSM World Congress 2006(以下简称3G大会)在西班牙巴塞罗那隆重召开。在过去,我们只能从网上方方面面的报道,去领略这个对于全球移动通信业具有非比寻常意义的大会,而在2006年,《新潮电子》记者得到了亲赴这一盛典的机会,从而为各位关注移动通信的朋友们带来最具临场感的第一手报道。站在会场前的广场上,面对气势宏伟的展厅,我们由衷地从心中发出一声呼喊:“Hola!Barcelona!Hola!3GSM!”(Hola为西班牙文,意即英文的Hello)。

  17. Natural and anthropogenic radionuclides in airborne particulate samples collected in Barcelona (Spain)

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    Valles, I. [Institut de Tecniques Energetiques, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)], E-mail: isabel.valles@upc.edu; Camacho, A.; Ortega, X.; Serrano, I.; Blazquez, S.; Perez, S. [Institut de Tecniques Energetiques, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2009-02-15

    Results for naturally occurring {sup 7}Be, {sup 210}Pb, {sup 40}K, {sup 214}Bi, {sup 214}Pb, {sup 212}Pb, {sup 228}Ac and {sup 208}Tl and anthropogenic {sup 137}Cs in airborne particulate matter in the Barcelona area during the period from January 2001 to December 2005 are presented and discussed. The {sup 212}Pb and {sup 208}Tl, {sup 214}Bi and {sup 214}Pb, {sup 7}Be and {sup 210}Pb radionuclide levels showed a significant correlation with each other, with correlation coefficients of 0.99, 0.78 and 0.69, respectively, suggesting similar origin/behaviour of these radionuclides in the air. Caessium-137 and Potassium-40 were transported to the air as resuspended particle from the soil. The {sup 7}Be and {sup 210}Pb concentrations showed similar seasonal variations, with a tendency for maximum concentrations during the summer months. An inverse relationship was observed between the {sup 7}Be, {sup 210}Pb, {sup 40}K and {sup 137}Cs concentrations and weekly rainfall, indicating washout of atmospheric aerosols carrying these radionuclides.

  18. JUEGOS OLÍMPICOS Y PARALÍMPICOS EN BRASIL: APRENDIENDO DE BARCELONA Y SIDNEY

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    Trinidad Domínguez Vila

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Entre 2014 y 2016, Brasil será sede de numerosos eventos, donde se destaca la celebración de las Olimpiadas en Rio de Janeiro. La industria del turismo será una de las grandes beneficiadas, teniendo como objetivo duplicar el número de turistas, 10 millones en 2016, y generar oportunidades de negocios. Esta investigación plantea el análisis de dicha meta a través de dos elementos vinculados a las Olimpíadas, el legado y la apertura a nuevos segmentos de turistas, concretamente el turismo sénior y el accesible. Se llevará a cabo un análisis de contenido de la bibliografía existente sobre Río 2016 para determinar el estado del arte, y posteriormente se realizará un estudio de caso de las Olimpíadas de Barcelona y Sídney, con el objetivo de obtener las claves del éxito de su legado y la repercusión a nivel turístico. Esto posibilitará identificar los pasos a seguir por Brasil para alcanzar su objetivo turístico.

  19. Biomedical practices from a patient perspective. Experiences of Polish female migrants in Barcelona, Berlin and London.

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    Main, Izabella

    2016-08-01

    This paper focuses on the diversity in patients' experience of bio-medicine and contrasts it with the normative view characteristic of health professionals. Ethnographic fieldwork among Polish migrant women in London, Barcelona and Berlin included interviews about their experiences with local healthcare and health professionals. Themes drawn from the narratives are differences between the cities in terms of communication between patients and health professionals, respect for patients' choices and dignity, attitudes to pregnancy and birth (different levels of medicalization), and paediatric care. It is argued that patients continuously negotiate among their own views and expectations based on previous experiences and knowledge from personal communication; internet forums and publications; and the offer of medical services in the countries of their settlement. Patients experience pluralism of therapeutic traditions within and outside bio-medicine. In turn, representatives of bio-medicine are rarely aware of other medical practices and beliefs and this leads to various misunderstandings. By highlighting the pluralism of medical practices in European countries and the increasing mobility of patients, this case study has useful implications for medical anthropologists and health professionals in a broader Western context, such as raising sensitivity to different communication strategies and a diversity of curing traditions and expectations.

  20. Diversity Management Among Small Shops in Barcelona: A Case of Community Intercultural Mediation

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    Mercé Zegrí

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The setting up of small shops by foreign people involves a number of difficulties and challenges with respect to how it fits in certain districts. These issues have been tackled from the view of intercultural mediation. This kind of intervention focuses on relationships and communication among shopkeepers by highlighting their common interests. Intervention also includes making associative networks acknowledge and adapt to new realities. This paper describes a process of intervention focused on community intercultural mediation carried out in small shops in a district of Barcelona. First, most significant results of the diagnosis stage are shown concerning the speech and relationships of main agents along with “conflict” analysis. Then a detailed mediation intervention is described that was carried out with a group of shopkeepers called “shop promoting group”. Finally, bearing in mind their high participative and transformational potential, some general appraisals are made with respect to the impact of this type of processes and their continuity and sustainability.

  1. La satisfacción de los clientes de los centros deportivos municipales de Barcelona

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    Amal Elasri Ejjaberi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo es identificar y analizar las variables que más influyen en la satisfacción del cliente en los centros deportivos de Barcelona. Los datos fueron recogidos en una encuesta entre los clientes actuales de centros deportivos municipales. Un análisis factorial aplicado a esta información revela cinco dimensiones que subyacen a los múltiples componentes de la oferta de servicios en dichas instalaciones: su calidad, los recursos humanos, la comunicación, el entorno social y la relación calidad-precio. Las variables generadas fueron incorporadas a un modelo de regresión múltiple en el que la variable dependiente fue la satisfacción del cliente. De acuerdo con los resultados las mujeres y los usuarios mayores de 60 años valoran más positivamente el servicio recibido, mientras que a mayor nivel de estudios, más exigentes son los clientes. Finalmente, un gerente debe prestar atención en primer lugar a la calidad de las instalaciones seguido de la comunicación, los recursos humanos, la relación calidad precio y el entorno social, por este orden.

  2. Salivary cotinine concentrations in daily smokers in Barcelona, Spain: a cross-sectional study

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    Pascual José A

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Characterizing and comparing the determinant of cotinine concentrations in different populations should facilitate a better understanding of smoking patterns and addiction. This study describes and characterizes determinants of salivary cotinine concentration in a sample of Spanish adult daily smoker men and women. Methods A cross-sectional study was carried out between March 2004 and December 2005 in a representative sample of 1245 people from the general population of Barcelona, Spain. A standard questionnaire was used to gather information on active tobacco smoking and passive exposure, and a saliva specimen was obtained to determine salivary cotinine concentration. Two hundred and eleven adult smokers (>16 years old with complete data were included in the analysis. Determinants of cotinine concentrations were assessed using linear regression models. Results Salivary cotinine concentration was associated with the reported number of cigarettes smoked in the previous 24 hours (R2 = 0.339; p R2 = 0.386; p Conclusion This study shows that salivary cotinine concentration is significantly associated with the number of cigarettes smoked and sex, but not with other smoking-related variables.

  3. Hepatic resection beyond barcelona clinic liver cancer indication: When and how

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    Garancini, Mattia; Pinotti, Enrico; Nespoli, Stefano; Romano, Fabrizio; Gianotti, Luca; Giardini, Vittorio

    2016-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the main common primary tumour of the liver and it is usually associated with cirrhosis. The barcelona clinic liver cancer (BCLC) classification has been approved as guidance for HCC treatment algorithms by the European Association for the Study of Liver and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease. According to this algorithm, hepatic resection should be performed only in patients with small single tumours of 2-3 cm without signs of portal hypertension (PHT) or hyperbilirubinemia. BCLC classification has been criticised and many studies have shown that multiple tumors and large tumors, as wide as those with macrovascular infiltration and PHT, could benefit from liver resection. Consequently, treatment guidelines should be revised and patients with intermediate/advanced stage HCC, when technically resectable, should receive the opportunity to be treated with radical surgical treatment. Nevertheless, the surgical treatment of HCC on cirrhosis is complex: The goal to be oncologically radical has always to be balanced with the necessity to minimize organ damage. The aim of this review was to analyze when and how liver resection could be indicated beyond BCLC indication. In particular, the role of multidisciplinary approach to assure a proper indication, of the intraoperative ultrasound for intra-operative restaging and resection guidance and of laparoscopy to minimize surgical trauma have been enhanced. PMID:27099652

  4. Nested PCR reveals elevated over-diagnosis of E. histolytica in Barcelona, Venezuela.

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    Rodulfo, Hectorina; Ahmar, Beatriz; Rodríguez, María E; Mora, Leonor; De Donato, Marcos

    2012-12-01

    The aim of this study was to identify the presence of Entamoeba histolytica and E. dispar by nested PCR in children attending the "Dr. Luis Razetti" Hospital, Barcelona, Anzoátegui State. Of the 1,141 fecal samples coproparasitologically evaluated by conventional microscopy, 150 were diagnosed positive for E. histolytica in 0-10 year-old-children, of both sexes. The signs, symptoms and a full coproparasitological report were obtained from all of these and nested PCR was performed to identify E. histolytica and E. dispar. The conventional microscopy results showed a diagnostic frequency of E. histolytica in 13.2% of the cases, of which 79.3% were positive only for this pathogen. However, nested PCR showed that of these, only 28% (42/150) were actually infected by Entamoeba spp., revealing a high over-diagnosis of E. histolytica. We also identified 9.3% E. histolytica, 4% E. dispar and 4.7% mixed infections. Diarrhea was the most common symptom, followed by abdominal pain and fever. Bloody stools were statistically associated with E. histolytica, but were also found for E. dispar infections. This study demonstrates that molecular techniques complementary to conventional methods enable the correct identification of Entamoeba spp., thus contributing to an improved epidemiological assessment of these parasites and implementation of the appropriate treatment.

  5. The impact of future summer temperature on public health in Barcelona and Catalonia, Spain

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    Ostro, Bart; Barrera-Gómez, Jose; Ballester, Joan; Basagaña, Xavier; Sunyer, Jordi

    2012-11-01

    Several epidemiological studies have reported associations between increases in summer temperatures and risks of premature mortality. The quantitative implications of predicted future increases in summer temperature, however, have not been extensively characterized. We have quantified these effects for the four main cities in Catalonia, Spain (Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida, Girona). We first used case-crossover analysis to estimate the association between temperature and mortality for each of these cities for the period 1983 to 2006. These exposure-response (ER) functions were then combined with local measures of current and projected changes in population, mortality and temperature for the years 2025 and 2050. Predicted daily mean temperatures were based on the A1B greenhouse gas emission, "business-as-usual" scenario simulations derived from the ENSEMBLES project. Several different ER functions were examined and significant associations between temperature and mortality were observed for all four cities. For these four cities, the age-specific piecewise linear model predicts 520 (95%CI 340, 720) additional annual deaths attributable to the change in temperature in 2025 relative to the average from the baseline period of 1960-1990. For 2050, the estimate increases to 1,610 deaths per year during the warm season. For Catalonia as a whole, the point estimates for those two years are 720 and 2,330 deaths per year, respectively, or about 2 and 3% of the warm season. In comparing these predicted impacts with current causes of mortality, they clearly represent significant burdens to public health in Catalonia.

  6. Sustainability Commitment, New Competitors’ Presence, and Hotel Performance: The Hotel Industry in Barcelona

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    Juan Pedro Aznar

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The hospitality industry is facing major challenges, among them the new competition from novel forms of supply in the sharing economy. Airbnb, Homeaway, and Niumba, among other websites offering accommodations, are having an important impact in the sector, changing existing conditions and the market for the traditional hospitality industry. In this context, a strategy based in differentiation can help to prevent drops in revenues and profitability. The main objective of this paper is analyse if commitment towards sustainability has a positive impact on financial performance and can be considered a positive strategy in this new environment. The empirical data refer to a sample of hotels in Barcelona, one of the most important tourist cities in Europe. Our results suggest that there is no clear relationship between sustainability and better financial performance; however, sustainability commitment is associated with a minimum size, which can also have positive effects in terms of economies of scale and finally affect profitability. Hotels more committed to environmental issues are located in areas with a lower density of Airbnb apartments, and this geographical distribution can be more positive than a situation of massive tourist concentration in specific areas with negative externalities for neighbours.

  7. Necesidades y propuestas de formación del profesorado novel de la Universidad de Barcelona

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    Vicente Benedito Antolí

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente documento está basado en una investigación desarrollada por el Grupo de Formación y Desarrollo Profesional del Departamento de Didáctica y Organización Educativa (DOE de la Universidad de Barcelona (UB. Tal estudio perseguía fundamentalmente dos objetivos: a conocer las necesidades de los profesores y profesoras noveles de la UB en relación a la tarea que este profesorado ha de desarrollar dentro de su actividad docente; y b a partir de la interpretación de los datos obtenidos, tratar de establecer líneas generales de formación útiles para su mejora profesional. La investigación se sustentó en una perspectiva dual y dialéctica del concepto de “necesidad de formación” que ha guiado todo el proceso de recogida y análisis de la información.

  8. Light water reactor program

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    Franks, S.M.

    1994-12-31

    The US Department of Energy`s Light Water Reactor Program is outlined. The scope of the program consists of: design certification of evolutionary plants; design, development, and design certification of simplified passive plants; first-of-a-kind engineering to achieve commercial standardization; plant lifetime improvement; and advanced reactor severe accident program. These program activities of the Office of Nuclear Energy are discussed.

  9. Space Nuclear Reactor Engineering

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    Poston, David Irvin [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-03-06

    We needed to find a space reactor concept that could be attractive to NASA for flight and proven with a rapid turnaround, low-cost nuclear test. Heat-pipe-cooled reactors coupled to Stirling engines long identified as the easiest path to near-term, low-cost concept.

  10. Reactor Materials Research

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    Van Walle, E

    2001-04-01

    The activities of the Reactor Materials Research Department of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN in 2000 are summarised. The programmes within the department are focussed on studies concerning (1) fusion, in particular mechanical testing; (2) Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking (IASCC); (3) nuclear fuel; and (4) Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel (RPVS)

  11. Nuclear reactor design

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    2014-01-01

    This book focuses on core design and methods for design and analysis. It is based on advances made in nuclear power utilization and computational methods over the past 40 years, covering core design of boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors, as well as fast reactors and high-temperature gas-cooled reactors. The objectives of this book are to help graduate and advanced undergraduate students to understand core design and analysis, and to serve as a background reference for engineers actively working in light water reactors. Methodologies for core design and analysis, together with physical descriptions, are emphasized. The book also covers coupled thermal hydraulic core calculations, plant dynamics, and safety analysis, allowing readers to understand core design in relation to plant control and safety.

  12. Status of French reactors

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    Ballagny, A. [Commissariat a l`Energie Atomique, Saclay (France)

    1997-08-01

    The status of French reactors is reviewed. The ORPHEE and RHF reactors can not be operated with a LEU fuel which would be limited to 4.8 g U/cm{sup 3}. The OSIRIS reactor has already been converted to LEU. It will use U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} as soon as its present stock of UO{sub 2} fuel is used up, at the end of 1994. The decision to close down the SILOE reactor in the near future is not propitious for the start of a conversion process. The REX 2000 reactor, which is expected to be commissioned in 2005, will use LEU (except if the fast neutrons core option is selected). Concerning the end of the HEU fuel cycle, the best option is reprocessing followed by conversion of the reprocessed uranium to LEU.

  13. Vertical and horizontal variability of PM10 source contributions in Barcelona during SAPUSS

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    Brines, Mariola; Dall'Osto, Manuel; Amato, Fulvio; Cruz Minguillón, María; Karanasiou, Angeliki; Alastuey, Andrés; Querol, Xavier

    2016-06-01

    During the SAPUSS campaign (Solving Aerosol Problems by Using Synergistic Strategies) PM10 samples at 12-hour resolution were simultaneously collected at four monitoring sites located in the urban agglomerate of Barcelona (Spain). A total of 221 samples were collected from 20 September to 20 October 2010. The Road Site (RS) site and the Urban Background (UB) site were located at street level, whereas the Torre Mapfre (TM) and the Torre Collserola (TC) sites were located at 150 m a.s.l. by the sea side within the urban area and at 415 m a.s.l. 8 km inland, respectively. For the first time, we are able to report simultaneous PM10 aerosol measurements, allowing us to study aerosol gradients at both horizontal and vertical levels. The complete chemical composition of PM10 was determined on the 221 samples, and factor analysis (positive matrix factorisation, PMF) was applied. This resulted in eight factors which were attributed to eight main aerosol sources affecting PM10 concentrations in the studied urban environment: (1) vehicle exhaust and wear (2-9 µg m-3, 10-27 % of PM10 mass on average), (2) road dust (2-4 µg m-3, 8-12 %), (3) mineral dust (5 µg m-3, 13-26 %), (4) aged marine (3-5 µg m-3, 13-20 %), (5) heavy oil (0.4-0.6 µg m-3, 2 %), (6) industrial (1 µg m-3, 3-5 %), (7) sulfate (3-4 µg m-3, 11-17 %) and (8) nitrate (4-6 µg m-3, 17-21 %). Three aerosol sources were found to be enhanced at the ground levels (confined within the urban ground levels of the city) relative to the upper levels: (1) vehicle exhaust and wear (2.8 higher), (2) road dust (1.8 higher) and (3) local urban industries/crafts workshops (1.6 higher). Surprisingly, the other aerosol sources were relatively homogeneous at both horizontal and vertical levels. However, air mass origin and meteorological parameters also played a key role in influencing the variability of the factor concentrations. The mineral dust and aged marine factors were found to be a mixture of natural and

  14. Validation of DEMs Derived from High Resolution SAR Data: a Case Study on Barcelona

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    Sefercik, U. G.; Schunert, A.; Soergel, U.; Watanabe, K.

    2012-07-01

    In recent years, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data have been widely used for scientific applications and several SAR missions were realized. The active sensor principle and the signal wavelength in the order of centimeters provide all-day and all-weather capabilities, respectively. The modern German TerraSAR-X (TSX) satellite provides high spatial resolution down to one meter. Based on such data SAR Interferometry may yield high quality digital surface models (DSMs), which includes points located on 3d objects such as vegetation, forest, and elevated man-made structures. By removing these points, digital elevation model (DEM) representing the bare ground of Earth is obtained. The primary objective of this paper is the validation of DEMs obtained from TSX SAR data covering Barcelona area, Spain, in the framework of a scientific project conducted by ISPRS Working Group VII/2 "SAR Interferometry" that aims the evaluation of DEM derived from data of modern SAR satellite sensors. Towards this purpose, a DSM was generated with 10 m grid spacing using TSX StripMap mode SAR data and converted to a DEM by filtering. The accuracy results have been presented referring the comparison with a more accurate (10 cm-1 m) digital terrain model (DTM) derived from large scale photogrammetry. The results showed that the TSX DEM is quite coherent with the topography and the accuracy is in between ±8-10 m. As another application, the persistent scatterer interferometry (PSI) was conducted using TSX data and the outcomes were compared with a 3d city model available in Google Earth, which is known to be very precise because it is based on LIDAR data. The results showed that PSI outcomes are quite coherent with reference data and the RMSZ of differences is around 2.5 m.

  15. Impact of immigration on the cost of emergency visits in Barcelona (Spain

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    García Oscar

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The impact of immigration on health services utilisation has been analysed by several studies performed in countries with lower levels of immigration than Spain. These studies indicate that health services utilisation is lower among the immigrant population than among the host population and that immigrants tend to use hospital emergency services at the expense of primary care. We aimed to quantify the relative over-utilisation of emergency services in the immigrant population. Methods Emergency visits to Hospital del Mar in Barcelona in 2002 and 2003 were analysed. The country of origin, gender, age, discharge-related circumstances (hospital admission, discharge to home, or death, medical specialty, and variable cost related to medical care were registered. Immigrants were grouped into those from high-income countries (IHIC and those from low-income countries (ILIC and the average direct cost was compared by country of origin. A multivariate linear mixed model of direct costs was adjusted by country of origin (classified in five groups and by the individual variables of age, gender, hospital admission, and death as a cause of discharge. Medical specialty was considered as a random effect. Results With the exception of gynaecological emergency visits, costs resulting from emergency visits by both groups of immigrants were lower than those due to visits by the Spanish-born population. This effect was especially marked for emergency visits by adults. Conclusion Immigrants tend to use the emergency department in preference to other health services. No differences were found between IHIC and ILIC, suggesting that this result was due to the ease of access to emergency services and to lack of knowledge about the country's health system rather than to poor health status resulting from immigrants' socioeconomic position. The use of costs as a variable of complexity represents an opportunistic use of a highly exhaustive registry

  16. METRIC SURVEY OF THE MONUMENT OF QUEEN ELISENDA'S TOMB IN THE MONASTERY OF PEDRALBES, BARCELONA

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    M. A. Núñez

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available When an urban development is planned the cartography of this territory is necessary, in the same way before starting a project to rehabilitate a monument the graphic information about it has to be available. At present, different techniques are available which allow to obtain three-dimensional models with a different accuracy level and runtimes.This paper shows the work carried out to obtain the graphic information and three-dimensional models that are necessary for the rehabilitation project of the tomb of Queen Elisenda in the Monastery of Pedralbes, Barcelona (Spain. This monument has the peculiarity of being symmetrical about the wall separating monastery church and the cloister. To do this, different techniques have been used that allow us to obtain an accurate model and as complete as possible, for the analysis of the construction process of the monument. In order to achieve the complete architectural survey the integration of laser scanning and photogrammetric data, and CAD models has been necessary. Due to the detail of the sculptures and the Queen’s sarcophagus two sensors, with different resolution, range and accuracy, have been used to obtain the laser scanning data. Stereo pairs have been taken to obtain the 3D model of these elements to complete the model and obtain an ortophotography.In this way, a comparative analysis of both techniques has been carried out, in order to decide which one is the suitable for certain application. This investigation has been restricted to the tomb, in the two symmetrical parts of the monument.

  17. Imaging the Shallow Subsurface for a New Underground Subway Line in Barcelona

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    Marti, D.; Flecha, I.; Palomeras, I.; Vazquez-Sune, E.; Font-Capo, J.; Carbonell, R.; Perez-Estaun, A.

    2006-12-01

    A detailed characterization of the shallow subsurface by seismic techniques has been used to aid horizontal drilling of tunnels for a new subway line in Barcelona (Spain). Seismic data acquisition in densely populated cities is very difficult. The street layout determines the geometry of the seismic data acquisition experiments. The instrumentation (source and receivers) can not always be located on the surface projection of the tunnel trace, therefore, pseudo 3D acquisition is required deploying the instrumentation were it is possible. Furthermore, the shallow subsurface features extremely heterogeneous "weathered" layer of variable thickness (building foundations, sewage system, water supply conductions, etc), and the background noise is very high (car traffic, electricity lines, etc). Relatively old cities also lack a detailed geological control of the subsurface. The seismic data was acquired using as source a 8 s long Vibroseis sweep which provided relatively good S/N ratio. The shallow subsurface featured an extremely heterogeneous weathered layer characterized by very low seismic velocities (1000-1300 m/s) of variable thickness that made difficult to interpret the seismic reflection images at target depth. The first-arrival seismic tomography revealed as a key tool to clearly differentiate the different rock volumes characterized by different physical properties, especially the contact between the weathered layer and the more competent rock. Several high velocity anomalies (up to 5500 m/s) were observed at tunnel depth that were correlated with sub vertical porphyric dykes. This were surrounded by low velocity anomalies that correspond to fault systems that cut and displace dykes. The tomographic velocity models also provide a new image of an important Miocene fault, quite different to the previous geological section derived from the core interpretation.

  18. Everyday politics, social practices and movement networks: daily life in Barcelona's social centres.

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    Yates, Luke

    2015-06-01

    The relations between everyday life and political participation are of interest for much contemporary social science. Yet studies of social movement protest still pay disproportionate attention to moments of mobilization, and to movements with clear organizational boundaries, tactics and goals. Exceptions have explored collective identity, 'free spaces' and prefigurative politics, but such processes are framed as important only in accounting for movements in abeyance, or in explaining movement persistence. This article focuses on the social practices taking place in and around social movement spaces, showing that political meanings, knowledge and alternative forms of social organization are continually being developed and cultivated. Social centres in Barcelona, Spain, autonomous political spaces hosting cultural and educational events, protest campaigns and alternative living arrangements, are used as empirical case studies. Daily practices of food provisioning, distributing space and dividing labour are politicized and politicizing as they unfold and develop over time and through diverse networks around social centres. Following Melucci, such latent processes set the conditions for social movements and mobilization to occur. However, they not only underpin mobilization, but are themselves politically expressive and prefigurative, with multiple layers of latency and visibility identifiable in performances of practices. The variety of political forms - adversarial, expressive, theoretical, and routinized everyday practices, allow diverse identities, materialities and meanings to overlap in movement spaces, and help explain networks of mutual support between loosely knit networks of activists and non-activists. An approach which focuses on practices and networks rather than mobilization and collective actors, it is argued, helps show how everyday life and political protest are mutually constitutive.

  19. Disfagia en ancianos que viven en residencias geriátricas de Barcelona

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    M.ª José Torres Camacho

    Full Text Available El 15% de las personas mayores de 65 años sufre disfagia y la prevalencia en residencias geriátricas (RG se estima en un 40%. Objetivos: conocer la prevalencia de ancianos con disfagia en RG de Barcelona y describir el estado funcional (físico y psíquico, edad, sexo, patologías, fármacos que inciden en la posible aparición de la disfagia y valorar las medidas dietéticas adoptadas por las RG para el manejo de la disfagia. Métodos: se han estudiado 1.777 residentes de 66 RG valorados por la Unidad de Atención Domiciliaria Geriátrica (UADG hasta septiembre de 2008. El estudio se realiza mediante un cuestionario elaborado por la UADG asesorado por Nestlé Nutrition. Resultados: el perfil de las personas con disfagia es de mujeres mayores de 85 años con dependencia física importante y deterioro cognitivo severo. La mitad presenta algún tipo de demencia. La prevalencia de disfagia es del 5,40%. La disfagia a líquidos es del 88,52%. La utilización de espesantes comerciales es reducida. La prevalencia de disfagias a texturas mixtas es del 76,03%. La dieta triturada se da en el 79,16%. Utiliza dieta adecuada el 87,5%. La disfagia sólo consta en la historia clínica en el 13,54%. Conclusiones: la disfagia debe quedar reflejada en la historia clínica. El personal de las RG necesita formación para reconocer los signos de alerta indicativos de disfagia. Las medidas dietéticas son fundamentales.

  20. PREVENCIÓN INDICADA DEL CONSUMO PROBLEMÁTICO DE DROGAS EN ADOLESCENTES DE BARCELONA

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    Anna M Guitart

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fundamentos: El Servicio de Orientación sobre Drogas (SOD de Barcelona ofrece un programa de Información y Orientación (PIO para adolescentes y un Programa de Medidas Alternativas (PMA a menores sancionados por consumo/tenencia de drogas en la vía pública. El objetivo de este trabajo es describirlos y comparar los perfiles de los usuarios en cada uno de ellos. Métodos: Estudio transversal descriptivo de 1.010 personas atendidas en ambos programas durante el período 2008-2010, con cribado de patología psiquiátrica y adicción e intervención breve extendida en consumidores sin indicios de patología. Se compararon los perfiles de los usuarios y se calcularon las tasas de uso del PMA por edad. Resultados: El cannabis motivó el 89,9% de entradas en el Servicio. Entre los usuarios del PIO el consumo de alto riesgo de cannabis fue del 13,1% y el consumo de riesgo de alcohol del 11,3%. Entre los usuarios del PMA los consumos fueron del 8,9 y 4% respectivamente. El 38% de los usuarios del PIO y el 6% de los del PMA se derivaron a atención especializada por presentar criterios de abuso o dependencia a alguna sustancia psicoactiva u otro trastorno psiquiátrico. Conclusiones: Los adolescentes atendidos en PMA hacen un consumo de cannabis (y en muchos casos de alcohol de riesgo bajo o moderado comparados con los del PIO. Además del valor de la intervención preventiva indicada, los programas facilitan la detección precoz de consumos problemáticos o trastornos mentales incipientes y su derivación.

  1. Estudio del comportamiento alimentario en escolares de 11 a 13 años de Barcelona Study on feeding behavior in school children aged 11-13 years from Barcelona

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    M. Castells Cuixart; C. Capdevila Prim; T. Girbau Solà; C. Rodríguez Caba

    2006-01-01

    Objetivo: Conocer el entorno familiar, hábitos cotidianos y características sociales que pueden influir en la alimentación de los escolares de 11 a 13 años. Metodología: Estudio descriptivo transversal realizado en 65 escuelas de la provincia de Barcelona, durante el segundo trimestre del 2000, obteniendo una muestra de 2.354 escolares encuestados por 73 farmacéuticos. El cuestionario está compuesto por 39 preguntas referentes al entorno familiar, hábitos alimentarios y de estilo de vida como...

  2. Du Modernisme à Joan Miró : la culture urbaine à Barcelone From Modernism to Joan Miró: Barcelona and Urban Culture Del modernismo a Joan Miró: la cultura urbana en Barcelona

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    Georges Serra

    1996-05-01

    Full Text Available La ville est une langue, écrit Barthes. Le langage architectural et urbaniste de Barcelone présente une recherche d'identité culturelle qui refuse toute forme d'imitation et trouve son expression dans le passé catalan et/ou l'imaginaire méditerranéen. Son objectif est la mise en valeur de la catalanité en dépit des modes de standardisation introduits par le nouvel ordre économique mondial. La recherche identitaire se nourrit de l'image littéraire de la ville, de son image dans l'art et dans les aspects les plus novateurs de la création urbaine contemporaine.The town is a language, Roland Barthes wrote. The architectural and urbanistic language of Barcelona is that of a search for a cultural identity. It refuses only kind of imitation, and finds the elements of its expression in the Catalan past and/or Mediterranean imagery. Its objective is to emphasize Catalanity in spite of the standardization trends introduced by the new global economy. The search for an identity crops up in the literary image of Barcelona, in art, and in the most daring aspects of contemporary urban creations.La ciudad es un lenguaje, escribía Roland Barthes. El lenguaje arquitectural y urbanístico de Barcelona es el de la búsqueda de una cultura propia. Además de negarse a cualquiera imitación, saca del pasado catalán, y/o del mundo imaginario mediterráneo, los elementos de su expresión. El objetivo no es otro que afirmar la catalanidad y ello a pesar de las tentaciones de uniformización a las que induce el nuevo orden económico mundial. Esta búsqueda de una identidad vuelve a encontrarse en la imagen literaria de Barcelona, en las artes plásticas, y en los aspectos más descabellados de la creación urbana contemporánea.

  3. Consumo de cannabis en los estudiantes de secundaria de Barcelona: inicio en el consumo, efectos experimentados y expectativas Cannabis consumption among secondary school pupils of Barcelona [Spain]: initial use, reported effects and expectancies

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    Eva Morales

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Describir las circunstancias del inicio del consumo, las razones para hacerlo, los efectos experimentados y las expectativas relacionadas con el consumo de cannabis en adolescentes de Barcelona. Métodos: Encuesta transversal realizada a una muestra de escolares de 3.º de ESO en 2005. El cuestionario era confidencial y autocumplimentado. Se dispone de datos de 2.043 alumnos de 47 centros escolares de Barcelona. Resultados: El 37,5% de los escolares declaró haber probado el cannabis, de los cuales un 10% lo hizo en el último mes. El consumo fue superior en centros públicos que en concertados-privados (p Objectives: To describe the circumstances of initial use of Cannabis, as well as the reasons for consumption, reported effects and expectations related to cannabis use, among adolescents in Barcelona. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in a sample of pupils in the third year of compulsory secondary education in 2005. The questionnaire was confidential and self-completed. Data were gathered from 2,043 secondary school pupils from 47 schools in Barcelona. Results: A total of 37.5% of students reported cannabis consumption at some time, and 10.0% of these students had used cannabis in the previous month. Cannabis use was more common in public schools than in subsidized or private schools (p < 0.001. More than half the adolescents (60.3% smoked cannabis for the first time in parks or on the street. Most (88.4% of the adolescents obtained cannabis from a classmate or friend and 92.3% did so without paying for it. The main reason for initial consumption was curiosity, and reasons for continuing use were a desire to feel better and to forget problems. The most frequently reported effects were memory loss, sadness and difficulties in studying or working. Cannabis use was positively related to the expectation that the drug induces relaxation and aids social and sexual relations, and negatively to the beliefs that the drug can

  4. Slurry reactor design studies

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    Fox, J.M.; Degen, B.D.; Cady, G.; Deslate, F.D.; Summers, R.L. (Bechtel Group, Inc., San Francisco, CA (USA)); Akgerman, A. (Texas A and M Univ., College Station, TX (USA)); Smith, J.M. (California Univ., Davis, CA (USA))

    1990-06-01

    The objective of these studies was to perform a realistic evaluation of the relative costs of tublar-fixed-bed and slurry reactors for methanol, mixed alcohols and Fischer-Tropsch syntheses under conditions where they would realistically be expected to operate. The slurry Fischer-Tropsch reactor was, therefore, operated at low H{sub 2}/CO ratio on gas directly from a Shell gasifier. The fixed-bed reactor was operated on 2.0 H{sub 2}/CO ratio gas after adjustment by shift and CO{sub 2} removal. Every attempt was made to give each reactor the benefit of its optimum design condition and correlations were developed to extend the models beyond the range of the experimental pilot plant data. For the methanol design, comparisons were made for a recycle plant with high methanol yield, this being the standard design condition. It is recognized that this is not necessarily the optimum application for the slurry reactor, which is being proposed for a once-through operation, coproducing methanol and power. Consideration is also given to the applicability of the slurry reactor to mixed alcohols, based on conditions provided by Lurgi for an Octamix{trademark} plant using their standard tubular-fixed reactor technology. 7 figs., 26 tabs.

  5. Gas cooled fast reactor

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    1972-06-01

    Although most of the development work on fast breeder reactors has been devoted to the use of liquid metal cooling, interest has been expressed for a number of years in alternative breeder concepts using other coolants. One of a number of concepts in which interest has been retained is the Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR). As presently envisioned, it would operate on the uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel cycle, similar to that used in the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR), and would use helium gas as the coolant.

  6. Microfluidic electrochemical reactors

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    Nuzzo, Ralph G [Champaign, IL; Mitrovski, Svetlana M [Urbana, IL

    2011-03-22

    A microfluidic electrochemical reactor includes an electrode and one or more microfluidic channels on the electrode, where the microfluidic channels are covered with a membrane containing a gas permeable polymer. The distance between the electrode and the membrane is less than 500 micrometers. The microfluidic electrochemical reactor can provide for increased reaction rates in electrochemical reactions using a gaseous reactant, as compared to conventional electrochemical cells. Microfluidic electrochemical reactors can be incorporated into devices for applications such as fuel cells, electrochemical analysis, microfluidic actuation, pH gradient formation.

  7. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    Till, C.E.; Chang, Y.I.; Kittel, J.H.; Fauske, H.K.; Lineberry, M.J.; Stevenson, M.G.; Amundson, P.I.; Dance, K.D.

    1980-07-01

    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts.

  8. Is the incidence of optic neuritis rising? Evidence from an epidemiological study in Barcelona (Spain), 2008-2012.

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    Martínez-Lapiscina, E H; Fraga-Pumar, E; Pastor, X; Gómez, M; Conesa, A; Lozano-Rubí, R; Sánchez-Dalmau, B; Alonso, A; Villoslada, Pablo

    2014-04-01

    It is currently believed that the incidence rate of optic neuritis (ON) ranges between 0.56 and 5.1 cases per 100,000 person-years. However, since these figures were generated, they have not been updated and there are suggestions that the incidence of ON is on the rise. When designing new therapies and clinical trials for ON, and to improve the management this disease, it is important to have accurate epidemiological data. Thus, we set out to obtain the prevalence and incidence rates of ON in Barcelona (Spain) from 2008 to 2012, by a retrospective evaluation of electronic hospital records at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (population of 300,000 in the catchment area) matching the following ICD-9-CM codes as search terms: 377.3-optic neuritis; 377.30-optic neuritis, unspecific; 377.31-optic papillitis; 377.32-retrobulbar neuritis, acute; 377.39-other optic neuritis and "optic neuropathy". Demographic and clinical data were collected from records with a confirmed diagnosis of ON, including cases of idiopathic ON, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica and CRION. The prevalence of acute ON on 31 December 2012 was 2.75 cases per 100,000 people. The mean annual prevalence of acute ON during the 2008-2012 period was 7.87 cases per 100,000 person-year and the mean annual incidence rate was 5.36 cases per 100,000 person-years. The incidence of ON in Barcelona during 2008-2012 was higher than previously reported. This increase may reflect the evolution of diagnostic criteria, the use of a referral-center approach instead of a population-based approach, increased awareness of demyelinating diseases, latitude-related factors and possibly a true increase in its incidence.

  9. Occurrence of polychlorinated naphthalenes, polychlorinated biphenyls and short-chain chlorinated paraffins in marine sediments from Barcelona (Spain).

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    Castells, P; Parera, J; Santos, F J; Galceran, M T

    2008-02-01

    Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs), short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were analysed in marine sediment samples collected from the coastal area of Barcelona (Spain) and near of a submarine emissary coming from a waste water treatment plant located at the mouth of the Besòs River (Barcelona). An integrated sample treatment based on Soxhlet extraction followed by a simple clean-up with Florisil and graphitized carbon cartridge was employed. Gas chromatography coupled to ion-trap tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in electron capture negative ionization mode, were used for PCN and SCCP determinations, respectively, while for PCB analysis gas chromatography with electron capture detection (GC-ECD) was used. The method developed provided low limits of detection (0.001-0.003 ng g(-1) dry weight (dw) for PCNs, 1.8 ng g(-1) for SCCPs and 0.006-0.014 ng g(-1)dw for PCBs) and good run-to-run precisions (lower than RSD 8%) for the analysis of sediment samples. Concentration levels ranging from 0.17 to 3.27 ng g(-1)dw for PCNs, between 0.21 and 1.17 microg g(-1)dw for SCCPs, and from 2.33 to 44.00 ng g(-1) (dw) for PCBs, were found in the coastal sediments, while for samples collected near to the submarine emissary higher levels (from 2.02 to 6.56 ng g(-1)dw for PCNs, between 1.25 and 2.09 microg g(-1)dw for SCCPs and from 22.34 to 37.74 ng g(-1)dw for PCBs) were obtained. The results obtained provide new data about the occurrence of PCN and SCCP in the coastal area of Barcelona.

  10. Empresas, instituciones y red social: la Compañía Hispanoamericana de Electricidad (CHADE entre Barcelona y Buenos Aires

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    Dalla-Corte Caballero, Gabriela

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we study the relation between the Casa de América of Barcelone and the Hispanoamerican Electric Company» (CHADE of Buenos Aires taking into account three moments: first, the foundation of the association Casa de América and the presence of Francisco Cambó in the Iberoamerican Jurídic Center; second, the foundation of CHADE so as to save the german´s inversions in America because of the participation of Germany in the First World War; third, the change of the American association of Barcelona into the Instituto de Economía Americana (IDEA-Casa de América so as to encourage their internacional activities until the Civil War in Spain.

    En este trabajo se presenta la vinculación entre la Casa de América de Barcelona y la Compañía Hispanoamericana de Electricidad (CHADE en Buenos Aires a través del estudio de tres momentos: primero, la fundación de la asociación y la presencia de Francisco Cambó en el Centro Jurídico Iberoamericano; segundo, la fundación de la CHADE para salvar los capitales alemanes del pago de reparaciones económicas a los Aliados por su participación en la Primera Guerra Mundial; y tercero, la conversión de la asociación americanista barcelonesa en Instituto de Economía Americana (IDEA-Casa de América para reforzar su naturaleza internacional en consonancia con la Sociedad de Naciones, así como el declive de la asociación por la interrupción de remesas de capital del Cono Sur que llegaban a Barcelona en forma de subsidios para la asociación americanista.

  11. [In search of the ideal surgical treatment for lymphedema. Report of 2nd European Conference on supermicrosurgery (Barcelona - March 2012)].

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    Rausky, J; Robert, N; Binder, J-P; Revol, M

    2012-12-01

    Since more than 50 years, many surgeons all around the world try to find the perfect surgical technique to treat limb lymphedemas. Decongestive physiotherapy associated with the use of a compressive garment has been the primary choice for lymphedema treatment. Many different surgical techniques have been developed, however, to date, there is no consensus on surgical procedure. Most surgical experts of lymphedema met in the second European Conference on supermicrosurgery, organized on March 1st and 2nd 2012, in San Pau Hospital, Barcelona. Together they tried to clarify these different options and ideally a strategy for using these techniques.

  12. Consolidación estructural del edificio patrimonial de C/Ripoll, 25 de Barcelona - Ca la Dona

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    El edificio de la calle Ripoll nº25 de Barcelona está catalogado por el Plan especial de protección del patrimonio arquitectónico del distrito barcelonés de Ciutat Vella. En 2005 la asociación Ca la Dona con el apoyo de todas las administraciones públicas catalanas inicia un proceso de rehabilitación con criterios de sostenibilidad. Se realiza una intervención estructural innovadora consistente en una sustitución funcional de forjados existentes con panel de madera contralaminada, que en gene...

  13. 巴塞罗那费拉Porta Fira双子塔%Torres Porta Fira,Barcelona,Spain

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    @@ 作为巴塞罗那L'Hospitalet市都市再开发项目的一部分,费拉Porta Fira双子塔伫立于欧洲广场内.该基地位于巴塞罗那市和日Prat国际机场之间,距离巴塞罗那日Prat国际机场仅为8km,并构成了Barcelona Gran Via Fair会场的延伸部分,营造出一个引导人们进入活动区域的门户.

  14. Mineralogía y elementos de los sedimentos actuales del río Llobregat (Barcelona)

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    Ballbé Llonch, Eduardo; Queralt Mitjans, Ignacio

    1989-01-01

    [ES] El objetivo del presente trabajo es la adquisición de conocimientos previos acerca de la evolución mineralógica y de la distribución de elementos pesados en los sedimentos actuales del rio Llobregat (Barcelona, España). El análisis mineralógico se ha realizado por difracción de rayos X. Las concentraciones de Ba, Pb, Cr, Cu, Ni, Rb, Sr y Zn han sido determinadas por medio de espectrometria de fluorescencia de rayos X. Los resultados obtenidos permiten apreciar un ...

  15. Mineralogía y elementos pesados de 1os sedimentos actuales del río Llobregat (Barcelona

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    Ballbé Llonch, Eduardo; Queralt i Mitjans, Ignasi

    1989-01-01

    El objetivo del presente trabajo es la adquisición de conocimientos previos acerca de la evolución mineralógica y de la distribución de elementos pesados en 1os sedimentos actuales del rio Llobregat (Barcelona, España). El análisis mineralógico se ha realizado por difracción de rayos X. Las concentraciones de Ba, Pb, Cr, Cu, Ni, Rb, Sr y Zn han sido determinadas por medio de espectrometria de fluorescencia de rayos X. Los resultados obtenidos permiten apreciar un marcado aumento del contenido...

  16. Gramática y política del insulto: La revista Barcelona

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    Kornfeld, Laura Malena

    2011-01-01

    En este ensayo pretendo ocuparme de una porción significativa del vocabulario del español de la Argentina: los insultos. Lo haré por intermedio de Puto el que lee [PeqL], el diccionario “de insultos, injurias e improperios” de la revista Barcelona, aparecido en el año 2006, que, según creo, ofrece una inmejorable ocasión para reflexionar acerca de ese sector de nuestro léxico. La reflexión que propongo aquí supone dos niveles: primero, me referiré a los procesos de formación de pala...

  17. Virtual Visit to the ATLAS Control Room by INS Montserrat Miró High School in Barcelona

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    We are a group of Physics students in our last course before university. Our High School, INS Montserrat Miró, is in Montcada in the outskirts of Barcelona. Nuclear Physics is a part of our syllabus and being engaged in this visit will allow us to understand more and more what research at CERN is really like. So we`re thrilled preparing our visit, and even more, we are lucky to get this videoconference to see more details about ATLAS experiment. All of us have entered in CERNLAND Contest. Several assignments have been done for that purpose. The atmosphere created is very engaqging due to this goal.

  18. Las motivaciones de los turistas LGBT en la elección de la ciudad de Barcelona

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    Prat Forga, Josep M

    2015-01-01

    El turisme LGBT s’està consolidant com una important activitat dins del sector turístic. La ciutat de Barcelona no és aliena a aquesta tendència. No obstant això, la satisfacció obtinguda amb aquesta experiència depèn de diferents variables segons la motivació principal per realitzar aquest viatge. En aquest article s’analitzen aquests aspectes comparant els resultats de dues enquestes. La primera, a una mostra dels assistents al Festival Circuit, i la segona, a un grup de turistes LGBT alien...

  19. Evaluación del Sistema de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales del Complejo Urbanístico Barcelona de Indias

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    Alvis Yepes, Cristhian

    2015-01-01

    El trabajo desarrollado presenta la evaluación del funcionamiento del sistema de tratamiento de aguas residuales domésticas del complejo urbanístico Barcelona de Indias. Se realizó una descripción de cada uno de los componentes de la planta para entender su funcionamiento ya que no existen planos ni memorias de cálculo ni especificaciones técnicas. En la figura 1 se muestra un esquema original de cada una de las partes de la PTARD. En ella se observa que en el último pozo de inspección ...

  20. Species of Root-knot Nematodes and Fungal Egg Parasites Recovered from Vegetables in Almería and Barcelona, Spain.

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    Verdejo-Lucas, S; Ornat, C; Sorribas, F J; Stchiegel, A

    2002-12-01

    Intensive vegetable production areas were surveyed in the provinces of Almería (35 sites) and Barcelona (22 sites), Spain, to determine the incidence and identity of Meloidogyne spp. and of fungal parasites of nematode eggs. Two species of Meloidogyne were found in Almería-M. javanica (63% of the samples) and M. incognita (31%). Three species were found in Barcelona, including M. incognita (50%), M. javanica (36%), and M. arenaria (14%). Solanaceous crops supported larger (P parasites were found in 37% and 45% of the sites in Almería and Barcelona, respectively, but percent parasitism was never greater than 5%. Nine fungal species were isolated from single eggs of the nematode. The fungi included Verticillium chlamydosporium, V. catenulatum, Fusarium oxysporum, F. solani, Fusarium spp., Acremonium strictum, Gliocladium roseum, Cylindrocarpon spp., Engiodontium album, and Dactylella oviparasitica. Two sterile fungi and five unidentified fungi also were isolated from Meloidogyne spp. eggs.

  1. Una relación significativa: los clubes de lectura y las redes de bibliotecas en Medellín y Barcelona

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    Luis Carlos Toro Tamayo

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    Full Text Available Para Juan José Arranz Martín, Director de Programas y Cooperación del Consorcio de Bibliotecas de Barcelona, la ciudad de Medellín – Colombia, y los programas que se desarrollan en sus redes de bibliotecas, son un ejemplo y la prueba de que los procesos sociales abordados con seriedad tienen sentido. Desde hace algunos años se viene haciendo un trabajo cooperado entre Medellín y Barcelona, que convoca a usuarios y miembros de las bibliotecas y los clubes de lectura de ambas ciudades en torno a la palabra escrita. Sobre esta experiencia, que es digna de conocer de primera mano, recurrimos a quien desde Barcelona lidera esta alianza estratégica entre dos lugares que por su proximidad idiomática y su interés por el conocimiento están produciendo cambios significativos en la sociedad.

  2. Reactor BR2. Introduction

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    Gubel, P

    2001-04-01

    The BR2 is a materials testing reactor and is still one of SCK-CEN's important nuclear facilities. After an extensive refurbishment to compensate for the ageing of the installation, the reactor was restarted in April 1997. During the last three years, the availability of the installation was maintained at an average level of 97.6 percent. In the year 2000, the reactor was operated for a total of 104 days at a mean power of 56 MW. In 2000, most irradiation experiments were performed in the CALLISTO PWR loop. The report describes irradiations achieved or under preparation in 2000, including the development of advanced facilities and concept studies for new programmes. An overview of the scientific irradiation programmes as well as of the R and D programme of the BR2 reactor in 2000 is given.

  3. Reactor Neutrino Spectra

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    Hayes, A C

    2016-01-01

    We present a review of the antineutrino spectra emitted from reactors. Knowledge of these and their associated uncertainties are crucial for neutrino oscillation studies. The spectra used to-date have been determined by either conversion of measured electron spectra to antineutrino spectra or by summing over all of the thousands of transitions that makeup the spectra using modern databases as input. The uncertainties in the subdominant corrections to beta-decay plague both methods, and we provide estimates of these uncertainties. Improving on current knowledge of the antineutrino spectra from reactors will require new experiments. Such experiments would also address the so-called reactor neutrino anomaly and the possible origin of the shoulder observed in the antineutrino spectra measured in recent high-statistics reactor neutrino experiments.

  4. New reactor type proposed

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    2003-01-01

    "Russian scientists at the Research Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering in Moscow are hoping to develop a new reactor that will use lead and bismuth as fuel instead of uranium and plutonium" (1/2 page).

  5. Helias reactor studies

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    Beidler, C.D. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Grieger, G. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Harmeyer, E. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Kisslinger, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Karulin, N. [Nuclear Fusion Institute, Moscow (Russian Federation); Maurer, W. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH Technik und Umwelt (Germany); Nuehrenberg, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Rau, F. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Sapper, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Wobig, H. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany)

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    The present status of Helias reactor studies is characterised by the identification and investigation of specific issues which result from the particular properties of this type of stellarator. On the technical side these are issues related to the coil system, while physics studies have concentrated on confinement, alpha-particle behaviour and ignition conditions. The usual assumptions have been made in those fields which are common to all toroidal fusion reactors: blanket and shield, refuelling and exhaust, safety and economic aspects. For blanket and shield sufficient space has been provided, a detailed concept will be developed in future. To date more emphasis has been placed on scoping and parameter studies as opposed to fixing a specific set of parameters and providing a detailed point study. One result of the Helias reactor studies is that physical dimensions are on the same order as those of tokamak reactors. However, it should be noticed that this comparison is difficult in view of the large spectrum of tokamak reactors ranging from a small reactor like Aries, to a large device such as SEAFP. The notion that the large aspect ratio of 10 or more in Helias configurations also leads to large reactors is misleading, since the large major radius of 22 m is compensated by the average plasma radius of 1.8 m and the average coil radius of 5 m. The plasma volume of 1400 m{sup 3} is about the same as the ITER reactor and the magnetic energy of the coil system is about the same or even slightly smaller than envisaged in ITER. (orig.)

  6. Future Reactor Experiments

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    He, Miao

    2013-01-01

    The measurement of the neutrino mixing angle $\\theta_{13}$ opens a gateway for the next generation experiments to measure the neutrino mass hierarchy and the leptonic CP-violating phase. Future reactor experiments will focus on mass hierarchy determination and the precision measurement of mixing parameters. Mass hierarchy can be determined from the disappearance of reactor electron antineutrinos based on the interference effect of two separated oscillation modes. Relative and absolute measure...

  7. Reactor Neutrino Experiments

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    Cao, Jun

    2007-01-01

    Precisely measuring $\\theta_{13}$ is one of the highest priority in neutrino oscillation study. Reactor experiments can cleanly determine $\\theta_{13}$. Past reactor neutrino experiments are reviewed and status of next precision $\\theta_{13}$ experiments are presented. Daya Bay is designed to measure $\\sin^22\\theta_{13}$ to better than 0.01 and Double Chooz and RENO are designed to measure it to 0.02-0.03. All are heading to full operation in 2010. Recent improvements in neutrino moment measu...

  8. Department of Reactor Technology

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    The general development of the Department of Reactor Technology at Risø during 1981 is presented, and the activities within the major subject fields are described in some detail. Lists of staff, publications, and computer programs are included.......The general development of the Department of Reactor Technology at Risø during 1981 is presented, and the activities within the major subject fields are described in some detail. Lists of staff, publications, and computer programs are included....

  9. Moon base reactor system

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    Chavez, H.; Flores, J.; Nguyen, M.; Carsen, K.

    1989-01-01

    The objective of our reactor design is to supply a lunar-based research facility with 20 MW(e). The fundamental layout of this lunar-based system includes the reactor, power conversion devices, and a radiator. The additional aim of this reactor is a longevity of 12 to 15 years. The reactor is a liquid metal fast breeder that has a breeding ratio very close to 1.0. The geometry of the core is cylindrical. The metallic fuel rods are of beryllium oxide enriched with varying degrees of uranium, with a beryllium core reflector. The liquid metal coolant chosen was natural lithium. After the liquid metal coolant leaves the reactor, it goes directly into the power conversion devices. The power conversion devices are Stirling engines. The heated coolant acts as a hot reservoir to the device. It then enters the radiator to be cooled and reenters the Stirling engine acting as a cold reservoir. The engines' operating fluid is helium, a highly conductive gas. These Stirling engines are hermetically sealed. Although natural lithium produces a lower breeding ratio, it does have a larger temperature range than sodium. It is also corrosive to steel. This is why the container material must be carefully chosen. One option is to use an expensive alloy of cerbium and zirconium. The radiator must be made of a highly conductive material whose melting point temperature is not exceeded in the reactor and whose structural strength can withstand meteor showers.

  10. Species of Root-knot Nematodes and Fungal Egg Parasites Recovered from Vegetables in Almería and Barcelona, Spain

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    Verdejo Lucas, Soledad; Ornat Longarón, Cèsar; Sorribas Royo, Francisco Javier; Stchigel, Alberto Miguel

    2002-01-01

    Intensive vegetable production areas were surveyed in the provinces of Almería (35 sites) and Barcelona (22 sites), Spain, to determine the incidence and identity of Meloidogyne spp. and of fungal parasites of nematode eggs. Two species of Meloidogyne were found in Almería—M. javanica (63% of the samples) and M. incognita (31%). Three species were found in Barcelona, including M. incognita (50%), M. javanica (36%), and M. arenaria (14%). Solanaceous crops supported larger (P < 0.05) nematode ...

  11. Impacto del tabaquismo y del consumo excesivo de alcohol en la mortalidad de la población de la ciudad de Barcelona: 1983-1998

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    Jané M.; Borrell C.; Nebot M.; Pasarín M.I.

    2003-01-01

    Objetivos: Analizar la mortalidad atribuible al tabaquismo y al consumo excesivo de alcohol, así como su evolución, en la ciudad de Barcelona entre 1983 y 1998. Métodos: Se incluyen todas las defunciones de las personas residentes en Barcelona desde 1983 a 1998. Los datos poblacionales se han obtenido de los Padrones de Habitantes. La mortalidad atribuible al tabaquismo y al consumo de alcohol se obtiene calculando las Fracciones Atribuibles Poblacionales a partir de los riesgos relativos de ...

  12. Presenting SAPUSS: Solving Aerosol Problem by Using Synergistic Strategies in Barcelona, Spain

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    Full Text Available This paper presents the summary of the key objectives, instrumentation and logistic details, goals, and initial scientific findings of the European Marie Curie Action SAPUSS project carried out in the western Mediterranean Basin (WMB during September–October in autumn 2010. The key SAPUSS objective is to deduce aerosol source characteristics and to understand the atmospheric processes responsible for their generations and transformations – both horizontally and vertically in the Mediterranean urban environment. In order to achieve so, the unique approach of SAPUSS is the concurrent measurements of aerosols with multiple techniques occurring simultaneously in six monitoring sites around the city of Barcelona (NE Spain: a main road traffic site, two urban background sites, a regional background site and two urban tower sites (150 m and 545 m above sea level, 150 m and 80 m above ground, respectively. SAPUSS allows us to advance our knowledge sensibly of the atmospheric chemistry and physics of the urban Mediterranean environment. This is well achieved only because of both the three dimensional spatial scale and the high sampling time resolution used. During SAPUSS different meteorological regimes were encountered, including warm Saharan, cold Atlantic, wet European and stagnant regional ones. The different meteorology of such regimes is herein described. Additionally, we report the trends of the parameters regulated by air quality purposes (both gaseous and aerosol mass concentrations; and we also compare the six monitoring sites. High levels of traffic-related gaseous pollutants were measured at the urban ground level monitoring sites, whereas layers of tropospheric ozone were recorded at tower levels. Particularly, tower level night-time average ozone concentrations (80 ± 25 μg m−3 were up to double compared to ground level ones. The examination of the vertical profiles clearly shows the predominant influence of NOx on ozone

  13. Presenting SAPUSS: solving aerosol problem by using synergistic strategies at Barcelona, Spain

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    Full Text Available This paper presents the summary of the key objectives, instrumentation and logistic details, goals, and initial scientific findings of the Marie Curie Action FP7-EU SAPUSS project carried out in the Western Mediterranean Basin (WMB from 20 September–20 October 2010. The experiment involved concurrent measurements of aerosols with multiple techniques occurring simultaneously. The key objective is to deduce point aerosol source characteristics and to understand the atmospheric processes responsible for their generations and transformations. The unique approach is the large variety of instrumentation deployed simultaneously in six monitoring sites in Barcelona (NE Spain and around the city, including: a main road traffic site, two urban background sites, a regional background site and two tower sites (150 m and 545 m a.s.l., 150 m and 80 m above ground, respectively. The SAPUSS experiment allows us to interpret the variability of aerosols levels and composition in an Urban Mediterranean, an environment not well characterized so far. During SAPUSS different air mass scenarios were encountered, including warm Saharan, cold Atlantic, wet European and stagnant Regional ones and presenting different local meteorology and boundary layer conditions. Analysis of part of the data collected allows us to compare the monitoring sites as well as to draw scientific conclusions about relevant air quality parameters. High levels of traffic-related gaseous pollutants were measured at the urban ground level monitoring sites, whereas layers of tropospheric ozone were recorded at tower levels. Particularly, tower level night time average ozone concentrations (80 ± 25 μg m−3 were up to double than ground level ones. Particle number concentrations (N>5: 9980 ± 6500 cm−1, average of all measurements were generally traffic dependent, although a contribution from two different types of nucleation events was also found

  14. Neanderthales y resocialización. Complejidad en las ocupaciones humanas del Abric Romaní (Capellades, Barcelona

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    Eudald CARBONELL I ROURA

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: El presente trabajo intenta mostrar el grado de complejidad cultural de los Neanderthales que habitaron en Europa durante el estadio isotópico 3. Para ello se utilizan los datos empíricos recuperados en el Abric Romaní (Capellades, Barcelona, principalmente los procedentes de las cadenas operativas de los hogares y de la fauna. A partir de estos datos se plantea que estos homínidos poseen una organización social y económica tan compleja como la propia de los primeros homínidos anatómicamente modernos que colonizan el continente europeo.ABSTRACT: The aim of this work is to show the degree of Neanderthal cultural complexity, which inhabited Europe during the isotopic stage 3. To accomplish our study, we have used empirical data recovered from Abric Romaní (Capellades, Barcelona, basically from the operative chains from hearths and fauna. From this data we have been able to establish that this hominids have a social and economical organisation as complex as the one of the first anatomically modern humans that colonized the European continent.

  15. De la perrera municipal al centro de acogida de animales de compañía de Barcelona

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    Peracho V.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo es presentar la evolución de la política y los servicios de salud pública relativos a los animales de compañía en la ciudad de Barcelona de 1983 a 2001. Partiendo de una actividad centrada en la custodia y la eutanasia de los animales sin dueño de Barcelona, y ofertando también servicios al resto de la provincia, se formula un Plan de Animales de Compañía para la ciudad y se reorienta la actividad, centrándola en los límites estrictos del municipio y el estímulo de la adopción. Se busca la participación de profesionales y entidades proteccionistas, se remodelan las instalaciones, se fomenta la tenencia responsable de animales, se crean colonias urbanas controladas de gatos y se estimulan las adopciones, redefiniendo la actividad con una mayor orientación al cliente. La evolución de la actividad desde 1998 refleja una notable disminución en el volumen de animales custodiados, así como en la proporción de los sacrificados. Esta disminución puede reflejar una mejora en el problema de los animales abandonados. Estos cambios se han traducido en una modificación positiva de las relaciones con los medios de comunicación y las entidades proteccionistas.

  16. Epidemiological voice health map of the teaching population of Granollers (Barcelona) developed from the EVES questionnaire and the VHI.

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    Godall, Pere; Gassull, Cecília; Godoy, Anna; Amador, Miquel

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this research project was to carry out an epidemiological study on the voice health of the teaching population in Granollers (Barcelona) using the EVES questionnaire and to relate the collected data to the VHI results. The study sample consisted of 233 teachers from Granollers (Barcelona). The EVES questionnaire, which includes the VHI-10, was conducted online. A high percentage of the teachers consulted suffered voice disorders, which ranged from minor to more serious cases. In regard to the data obtained using the VHI, in 28.77% of the cases there was a moderate or a serious perception of voice problems. Out of these cases only one person, who had a moderate perception of their problem, was undergoing voice therapy with a speech therapist. There are three questions in the EVES questionnaire that can efficiently indicate the existence of a voice disorder in a straightforward manner, and the results for these were similar to those recorded for the VHI group of questions. Therefore, it may be argued that questions that refer to the perception of the degree of pleasantness of one's own voice should be included, because they would provide a useful way to indicate whether there is a voice problem at a preliminary screening stage.

  17. Un artista cortesano en la Barcelona de Carlos III de Austria: apuntes prosopográficos sobre Andrea Vaccaro II

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    Quirós Rosado, Roberto

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available At the beginning of the 18th century Barcelona was a principal entry point for the introduction of Italian courtly culture in Spain during the brief reign of Carlos III of Habsburg. This study analyzes the presence of the little-known Neapolitan painter Andrea Vaccaro II in Cataluña, and his connections with the Royal Chamber and the Spanish Habsburg ministry, as well as the concession of offices in Reame as payment for palace services.La diversidad de focos de introducción de la cultura de corte italiana en los inicios del siglo XVIII español obliga a indagar en la circulación de artistas napolitanos en la Barcelona de Carlos III de Austria. Bajo esta premisa, en el estudio se analiza la estancia catalana del desconocido pintor napolitano Andrea Vaccaro II, sus lazos con la Real Cámara y el ministerio español del monarca Habsburgo, así como la concesión de oficios en los tribunales de Nápoles como pago por servicios en palacio.

  18. Edificios con forjados postesados mediante tendones no adherentes. Edificio Mapfre-Vía Augusta, en Barcelona-España

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    Llombart Jaques, José Antonio

    1994-08-01

    Full Text Available The technique of unbonded tendons applied to post-tensioned flat-slabs of buildings of certain importance has not been very frequent in Spain to date; in fact, it was used on very few occasions. This article gives the basic characteristics of the post-tensioned floors comparing them with the conventional solutions of reinforced concrete floors. The second part of the article brings a description of the main aspects of the design and construction of the Mapfre-Vía Augusta building in Barcelona. This recently raised building has the floor construction with slabs post-tensioned by unbonded tendons.

    La técnica del postesado no adherente, aplicada a losas de forjado de edificios de cierta entidad, ha sido hasta el momento poco común en España, habiéndose utilizado solamente en contadas ocasiones. Se indican, en primer lugar, las características fundamentales de los forjados postesados y se establecen comparaciones con soluciones convencionales de forjados de hormigón armado. En la segunda parte del artículo se describen los principales aspectos de proyecto y construcción de la estructura del Edificio Mapfre-Vía Augusta, en Barcelona, de reciente construcción, cuyos forjados están constituidos por losas postesadas mediante tendones no adherentes.

  19. Retrospective space-time cluster analysis of whooping cough, re-emergence in Barcelona, Spain, 2000-2011.

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    Solano, Rubén; Gómez-Barroso, Diana; Simón, Fernando; Lafuente, Sarah; Simón, Pere; Rius, Cristina; Gorrindo, Pilar; Toledo, Diana; Caylà, Joan A

    2014-05-01

    A retrospective, space-time study of whooping cough cases reported to the Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Spain between the years 2000 and 2011 is presented. It is based on 633 individual whooping cough cases and the 2006 population census from the Spanish National Statistics Institute, stratified by age and sex at the census tract level. Cluster identification was attempted using space-time scan statistic assuming a Poisson distribution and restricting temporal extent to 7 days and spatial distance to 500 m. Statistical calculations were performed with Stata 11 and SatScan and mapping was performed with ArcGis 10.0. Only clusters showing statistical significance (P <0.05) were mapped. The most likely cluster identified included five census tracts located in three neighbourhoods in central Barcelona during the week from 17 to 23 August 2011. This cluster included five cases compared with the expected level of 0.0021 (relative risk = 2436, P <0.001). In addition, 11 secondary significant space-time clusters were detected with secondary clusters occurring at different times and localizations. Spatial statistics is felt to be useful by complementing epidemiological surveillance systems through visualizing excess in the number of cases in space and time and thus increase the possibility of identifying outbreaks not reported by the surveillance system.

  20. Reactor Safety Planning for Prometheus Project, for Naval Reactors Information

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    P. Delmolino

    2005-05-06

    The purpose of this letter is to submit to Naval Reactors the initial plan for the Prometheus project Reactor Safety work. The Prometheus project is currently developing plans for cold physics experiments and reactor prototype tests. These tests and facilities may require safety analysis and siting support. In addition to the ground facilities, the flight reactor units will require unique analyses to evaluate the risk to the public from normal operations and credible accident conditions. This letter outlines major safety documents that will be submitted with estimated deliverable dates. Included in this planning is the reactor servicing documentation and shipping analysis that will be submitted to Naval Reactors.

  1. REACTOR GROUT THERMAL PROPERTIES

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    Steimke, J.; Qureshi, Z.; Restivo, M.; Guerrero, H.

    2011-01-28

    Savannah River Site has five dormant nuclear production reactors. Long term disposition will require filling some reactor buildings with grout up to ground level. Portland cement based grout will be used to fill the buildings with the exception of some reactor tanks. Some reactor tanks contain significant quantities of aluminum which could react with Portland cement based grout to form hydrogen. Hydrogen production is a safety concern and gas generation could also compromise the structural integrity of the grout pour. Therefore, it was necessary to develop a non-Portland cement grout to fill reactors that contain significant quantities of aluminum. Grouts generate heat when they set, so the potential exists for large temperature increases in a large pour, which could compromise the integrity of the pour. The primary purpose of the testing reported here was to measure heat of hydration, specific heat, thermal conductivity and density of various reactor grouts under consideration so that these properties could be used to model transient heat transfer for different pouring strategies. A secondary purpose was to make qualitative judgments of grout pourability and hardened strength. Some reactor grout formulations were unacceptable because they generated too much heat, or started setting too fast, or required too long to harden or were too weak. The formulation called 102H had the best combination of characteristics. It is a Calcium Alumino-Sulfate grout that contains Ciment Fondu (calcium aluminate cement), Plaster of Paris (calcium sulfate hemihydrate), sand, Class F fly ash, boric acid and small quantities of additives. This composition afforded about ten hours of working time. Heat release began at 12 hours and was complete by 24 hours. The adiabatic temperature rise was 54 C which was within specification. The final product was hard and displayed no visible segregation. The density and maximum particle size were within specification.

  2. Beyond the Conventional Argonauts Explanations

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    Rezaei, Shahamak

    professional and cultural experiences and their network in their home and host country to start up new firms in their home country. Following Schumpeter (1942) these firms are pr definition the outcome of innovative activities as the bifocality (Honig et al. 2010) of the transnational entrepreneurs allows...

  3. Scaleable, High Efficiency Microchannel Sabatier Reactor Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A Microchannel Sabatier Reactor System (MSRS) consisting of cross connected arrays of isothermal or graded temperature reactors is proposed. The reactor array...

  4. LMFBR type reactor

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    Shimizu, Takeshi; Iida, Masaaki; Moriki, Yasuyuki

    1994-10-18

    A reactor core is divided into a plurality of coolants flowrate regions, and electromagnetic pumps exclusively used for each of the flowrate regions are disposed to distribute coolants flowrates in the reactor core. Further, the flowrate of each of the electromagnetic pumps is automatically controlled depending on signals from a temperature detector disposed at the exit of the reactor core, so that the flowrate of the region can be controlled optimally depending on the burning of reactor core fuels. Then, the electromagnetic pumps disposed for every divided region are controlled respectively, so that the coolants flowrate distribution suitable to each of the regions can be attained. Margin for fuel design is decreased, fuels are used effectively, as well as an operation efficiency can be improved. Moreover, since the electromagnetic pump has less flow resistance compared with a mechanical type pump, and flow resistance of the reactor core flowrate control mechanism is eliminated, greater circulating flowrate can be ensured after occurrence of accident in a natural convection using a buoyancy of coolants utilizable for after-heat removal as a driving force. (N.H.).

  5. Reactor Structural Materials: Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels

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    Chaouadi, R

    2000-07-01

    The objectives of SCK-CEN's R and D programme on Rector Pressure Vessel (RPV) Steels are:(1) to complete the fracture toughness data bank of various reactor pressure vessel steels by using precracked Charpy specimens that were tested statically as well as dynamically; (2) to implement the enhanced surveillance approach in a user-friendly software; (3) to improve the existing reconstitution technology by reducing the input energy (short cycle welding) and modifying the stud geometry. Progress and achievements in 1999 are reported.

  6. De la perrera municipal al centro de acogida de animales de compañía de Barcelona From the municipal dog pound to the pet shelter in Barcelona, Spain

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    V. Peracho

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo es presentar la evolución de la política y los servicios de salud pública relativos a los animales de compañía en la ciudad de Barcelona de 1983 a 2001. Partiendo de una actividad centrada en la custodia y la eutanasia de los animales sin dueño de Barcelona, y ofertando también servicios al resto de la provincia, se formula un Plan de Animales de Compañía para la ciudad y se reorienta la actividad, centrándola en los límites estrictos del municipio y el estímulo de la adopción. Se busca la participación de profesionales y entidades proteccionistas, se remodelan las instalaciones, se fomenta la tenencia responsable de animales, se crean colonias urbanas controladas de gatos y se estimulan las adopciones, redefiniendo la actividad con una mayor orientación al cliente. La evolución de la actividad desde 1998 refleja una notable disminución en el volumen de animales custodiados, así como en la proporción de los sacrificados. Esta disminución puede reflejar una mejora en el problema de los animales abandonados. Estos cambios se han traducido en una modificación positiva de las relaciones con los medios de comunicación y las entidades proteccionistas.This article aims to present changes in public health policy and services related to pet dogs and cats in the city of Barcelona from 1983 to 2001. Initially the center's activity was limited to the custody and euthanasia of stray animals, serving not only the city but also the rest of the province. With the formulation of a city Plan for Pet Animals, the activities were redirected, concentrating on services within the city limits and stimulating adoption. Participation of both professional and humane organizations was sought, premises were renovated, responsible ownership of animals was promoted, controlled urban colonies of cats were established, and adoptions become the cornerstone of policy, centering the activity of the shelter toward its clients

  7. Thermionic Reactor Design Studies

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    Schock, Alfred

    1994-08-01

    Paper presented at the 29th IECEC in Monterey, CA in August 1994. The present paper describes some of the author's conceptual designs and their rationale, and the special analytical techniques developed to analyze their (thermionic reactor) performance. The basic designs, first published in 1963, are based on single-cell converters, either double-ended diodes extending over the full height of the reactor core or single-ended diodes extending over half the core height. In that respect they are similar to the thermionic fuel elements employed in the Topaz-2 reactor subsequently developed in the Soviet Union, copies of which were recently imported by the U.S. As in the Topaz-2 case, electrically heated steady-state performance tests of the converters are possible before fueling.

  8. Nuclear Rocket Engine Reactor

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    Lanin, Anatoly

    2013-01-01

    The development of a nuclear rocket engine reactor (NRER ) is presented in this book. The working capacity of an active zone NRER under mechanical and thermal load, intensive neutron fluxes, high energy generation (up to 30 MBT/l) in a working medium (hydrogen) at temperatures up to 3100 K is displayed. Design principles and bearing capacity of reactors area discussed on the basis of simulation experiments and test data of a prototype reactor. Property data of dense constructional, porous thermal insulating and fuel materials like carbide and uranium carbide compounds in the temperatures interval 300 - 3000 K are presented. Technological aspects of strength and thermal strength resistance of materials are considered. The design procedure of possible emergency processes in the NRER is developed and risks for their origination are evaluated. Prospects of the NRER development for pilotless space devices and piloted interplanetary ships are viewed.

  9. Operation of Reactor

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    1996-01-01

    3.1 Annual Report of SPR Operation Chu Shaochu Having overseen by National Nuclear Safety Administration and specialists, the reactor restarted up successfully after Safety renovation on April 16, 1996. In August 1996 the normal operation of SPR was approved by the authorities of Naitonal Nuclear Safety Administration. 1 Operation status In 1996, the reactor operated safely for 40 d and the energy released was about 137.3 MW·d. The operation status of SPR is shown in table 1. The reactor started up to higher power (power more than 1 MW) and lower power (for physics experiments) 4 times and 14 times respectively. Measurement of control rod efficiency and other measurement tasks were 2 times and 5 times respectively.

  10. An Overview of Reactor Concepts, a Survey of Reactor Designs.

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    1985-02-01

    Public Affairs Office and is releasaole to the National Technical Information Services (NTIS). At NTIS, it will be available to the general public...Reactors that use deu- terium (heavy water) as a coolant can use natural uranium as a fuel. The * Canadian reactor, CANDU , utilizes this concept...reactor core at the top and discharged at the Dotton while the reactor is in operation. The discharged fuel can then b inspected to see if it can De used

  11. Oscillatory flow chemical reactors

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    Slavnić Danijela S.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Global market competition, increase in energy and other production costs, demands for high quality products and reduction of waste are forcing pharmaceutical, fine chemicals and biochemical industries, to search for radical solutions. One of the most effective ways to improve the overall production (cost reduction and better control of reactions is a transition from batch to continuous processes. However, the reactions of interests for the mentioned industry sectors are often slow, thus continuous tubular reactors would be impractically long for flow regimes which provide sufficient heat and mass transfer and narrow residence time distribution. The oscillatory flow reactors (OFR are newer type of tube reactors which can offer solution by providing continuous operation with approximately plug flow pattern, low shear stress rates and enhanced mass and heat transfer. These benefits are the result of very good mixing in OFR achieved by vortex generation. OFR consists of cylindrical tube containing equally spaced orifice baffles. Fluid oscillations are superimposed on a net (laminar flow. Eddies are generated when oscillating fluid collides with baffles and passes through orifices. Generation and propagation of vortices create uniform mixing in each reactor cavity (between baffles, providing an overall flow pattern which is close to plug flow. Oscillations can be created by direct action of a piston or a diaphragm on fluid (or alternatively on baffles. This article provides an overview of oscillatory flow reactor technology, its operating principles and basic design and scale - up characteristics. Further, the article reviews the key research findings in heat and mass transfer, shear stress, residence time distribution in OFR, presenting their advantages over the conventional reactors. Finally, relevant process intensification examples from pharmaceutical, polymer and biofuels industries are presented.

  12. Muusikamaailm : Lihavõttefestivalid Euroopas. Uus kontserdimaja avati Barcelonas. Johann Adolf Hasse ئ 300. Märtsikuu teisi tähtpäevi / Priit Kuusk

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    Kuusk, Priit, 1938-

    1999-01-01

    Lihavõttefestivalidest Salzburgis, Viinis ja Luzernis. kontsertidest, esinejatest. Barcelonas avatud uuest kontserdimajast L"Auditori. Helilooja 300. sünniaastapäeva puhul on mitmel pool Euroopas välja toodud tema ooperite uuslavastusi. Muusikute tähtpäevi märtsis 1999

  13. Cataluña, deporte, medios de comunicación : Barcelona '92, los Juegos de la comunicación

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    Moragas Spà, Miquel de,

    1992-01-01

    Los medios de comunicación definen el movimiento olímpico moderno. Barcelona'92 será uno de los procesos de comunicación más importantes de la historia de la televisión y de la historia de la humanidad.

  14. 14th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment ICCE 2013: IEC-WTC, Barcelona, Spain, 25-28 June 2013.

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    Luis, Santiago V; Jover, Eric

    2014-10-01

    The 14th European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE 2013) took place on 25-28 June 2013 at the IEC and the WTC in Barcelona, Spain. The ICCE is a well-established biannual conference organized by the Division of Chemistry and the EuCheMS.

  15. Perspectives on reactor safety

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    Haskin, F.E. [New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering; Camp, A.L. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1994-03-01

    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) maintains a technical training center at Chattanooga, Tennessee to provide appropriate training to both new and experienced NRC employees. This document describes a one-week course in reactor, safety concepts. The course consists of five modules: (1) historical perspective; (2) accident sequences; (3) accident progression in the reactor vessel; (4) containment characteristics and design bases; and (5) source terms and offsite consequences. The course text is accompanied by slides and videos during the actual presentation of the course.

  16. Reactor Materials Research

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    Van Walle, E

    2002-04-01

    The activities of SCK-CEN's Reactor Materials Research Department for 2001 are summarised. The objectives of the department are: (1) to evaluate the integrity and behaviour of structural materials used in nuclear power industry; (2) to conduct research to unravel and understand the parameters that determine the material behaviour under or after irradiation; (3) to contribute to the interpretation, the modelling of the material behaviour and to develop and assess strategies for optimum life management of nuclear power plant components. The programmes within the department are focussed on studies concerning (1) Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking (IASCC); (2) nuclear fuel; and (3) Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel.

  17. Geochemical signature and phytoremediation of urban soil: a case in Barcelona city

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    Rodríguez-Bocanegra, Javier; Roca, Núria; Febrero, Anna; Bort, Jordi

    2016-04-01

    The cleanup of contaminated places with heavy metals is necessary, but environmental remediation strategies are often expensive and energy consuming. Thus, it is important to develop low-cost and environmentally friendly strategies. Phytoremediation-based technologies could provide a long-lasting solution. The study area is located in Sants, a neighbourhood in Barcelona city (Catalonia, Spain). This place was an industrial area in the last century, which was occupied by a metal smelting industry. Nowadays, the neighbours want to cultivate vegetables in this location, but the history of this area suggests that the soil is polluted by elevated concentrations of heavy metals. The aim of this work was to determine heavy metal concentration in: a) soil, to know the degree of the soil pollution; b) roots and leaves of two plant species, Brassica juncea as an accumulator plant and Solanum lycopersicum as a crop plant, to know the capacity of each species to accumulate metals, and c) drainage water, to evaluate the heavy metal mobility. The main pollutants are Cu, Pb and Zn with topsoil total concentrations about 1355, 2230 and 6239 mg•kg-1, respectively. The established background upper limits in this area in mg•kg-1 were: Cu 145, Pb 91 and Zn 326. The same soil elements for available fractions, extracted with DTPA, were slightly elevated (9.6, 5.8 and 6.7 % of total concentration). The environmental pollution implies great extractability, suggesting the plants in these soils have facility with potentially toxic elements absorption. Instead, the concentrations in subsoil are lower than in topsoil. The concentrations of Cu, Pb and Zn in the plants' leaves are greater in B. juncea 170 ± 52.7, 137 ± 46.3 and 2365 ± 860.4 mg•kg-1, than in S. lycopersicum 102.5 ± 7.1, 22.5 ± 1.3 and 1002 ± 85.2 mg•kg-1 respectively. Furthermore, they are also greater in roots than in leaves. All of them are lower than the threshold to be considered like a hyperaccumulator species

  18. SMOS Level 3 and Level 4 Research Products Provided by the Barcelona Expert Center

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    Gabarro, Carolina; Martinez, Justino; Ballabrera, Joaquim; Piles, Maria; Umbert, Marta; Perez, Fernando; Turiel, Antonio; Font, Jordi; Portabella, Marcos; Huoareau, Nina; Olmedo, Estrella

    2013-04-01

    More than three years have passed since the launch, on November 2, 2009, of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite carrying a microwave synthetic aperture radiometer working at 1.4 GHz. The aim of the mission is to provide Sea Surface Salinity and Soil Moisture observations, with a spatial resolution of 30-50 km, and an accuracy suited for climate studies. From the brightness temperature observations, experimental sea surface salinity (SSS) and Soil Moisture (SM) maps are being developed and distributed at the SMOS Barcelona Expert Center (SMOS-BEC) to take the most out of SMOS observations. Data are distributed in NetCDF format using THREDDS and maps are served through a Web Map Service (ncWMS), both at the SMOS-BEC distribution data website (http://cp34-bec.cmima.csic.es/). For ocean applications the following SSS products are being served at spatial resolution of 0.25°: • Level 3 maps by spatial and temporal weighted average of level 2 SSS data. Three- and nine-day averaged maps are produced every 3 days. Monthly, seasonal and annual maps are also computed. • Level 3 maps from optimal interpolation of level 2 SSS data. Nine-day averaged maps are produced every 3 days, as well as monthly, seasonal and annual maps. • Level 4 maps from SMOS SSS fused with satellite-derived SST [1]. Similar to Level 3 data, nine-day averaged maps are produces every 3 days, as well as monthly, seasonal and annual maps. • Singularity Exponents products obtained by applying singularity analysis [1] on OSTIA SST products (http://myocean.eu/) are also served. Three versions of each product are generated using ascending passes, descending passes, and full orbit passes (i.e., ascending + descending). Both absolute salinity value and its anomaly (difference between the absolute value and climatology data (WOA 2009)) are stored in the product. L3 and L4 maps are validated with near-surface measurements provided by Argo profilers, and

  19. Tendencias en el consumo de tabaco, alcohol y cannabis de los escolares de Barcelona (1987-1999 Trends in tobacco, alcohol and cannabis consumption among secondary school pupils in Barcelona, Spain [1987-1999

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    C. Ariza

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Describir las tendencias en el consumo de tabaco, alcohol y cannabis entre los adolescentes escolarizados entre 1987 y 1999 de la ciudad de Barcelona. Métodos: Encuestas transversales realizadas a muestras representativas de escolares de segundo curso de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO entre 1987 y 1999. Los cuestionarios eran anónimos y autocontestados. Se dispone de datos de 5.013 escolares de la ciudad de Barcelona que participan en alguna de las 5 encuestas. Resultados: Tras disminuir de forma uniforme entre 1987 y 1996, en 1999 se observa un aumento del 13,4% en el consumo regular (diario o semanal de tabaco y del 38,7% en el consumo experimental de tabaco, respecto a las prevalencias observadas en 1996. Con respecto al consumo de alcohol, se observa una disminución global del 14% de los escolares que ha bebido al menos medio vaso de alcohol entre 1987 y 1999. El consumo problemático de alcohol se iguala en ambos sexos, y la proporción que declara haberse emborrachado alguna vez es en 1999 superior en las chicas (14,0% que en los chicos (10,5%. Mientras en 1996 un 6,9% declaraba haber probado cannabis, la proporción en 1999, sin diferencias entre sexos, era del 7,3% de la población estudiada. Conclusiones: En el período estudiado se observa un aumento del consumo regular de tabaco, una disminución del consumo de alcohol y una estabilización del consumo de cannabis. Las diferencias entre ambos sexos tienden a desaparecer.Objective: To describe trends in tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis consumption among secondary school pupils in Barcelona between 1987 and 1999. Methods: Cross-sectional surveys administered to representative samples of pupils in the second year of secondary school between 1987 and 1999. The questionnaires were anonymous and self-completed. We present data from 5013 secondary school pupils from Barcelona who participated in one of the five surveys. Results: Regular smoking (daily and weekly showed a

  20. Reactor operation environmental information document

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    Haselow, J.S.; Price, V.; Stephenson, D.E.; Bledsoe, H.W.; Looney, B.B.

    1989-12-01

    The Savannah River Site (SRS) produces nuclear materials, primarily plutonium and tritium, to meet the requirements of the Department of Defense. These products have been formed in nuclear reactors that were built during 1950--1955 at the SRS. K, L, and P reactors are three of five reactors that have been used in the past to produce the nuclear materials. All three of these reactors discontinued operation in 1988. Currently, intense efforts are being extended to prepare these three reactors for restart in a manner that protects human health and the environment. To document that restarting the reactors will have minimal impacts to human health and the environment, a three-volume Reactor Operations Environmental Impact Document has been prepared. The document focuses on the impacts of restarting the K, L, and P reactors on both the SRS and surrounding areas. This volume discusses the geology, seismology, and subsurface hydrology. 195 refs., 101 figs., 16 tabs.

  1. High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The HFIR at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a light-water cooled and moderated reactor that is the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source. HFIR...

  2. Reactor operation safety information document

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    1990-01-01

    The report contains a reactor facility description which includes K, P, and L reactor sites, structures, operating systems, engineered safety systems, support systems, and process and effluent monitoring systems; an accident analysis section which includes cooling system anomalies, radioactive materials releases, and anticipated transients without scram; a summary of onsite doses from design basis accidents; severe accident analysis (reactor core disruption); a description of operating contractor organization and emergency planning; and a summary of reactor safety evolution. (MB)

  3. Thermal Reactor Safety

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    1980-06-01

    Information is presented concerning fire risk and protection; transient thermal-hydraulic analysis and experiments; class 9 accidents and containment; diagnostics and in-service inspection; risk and cost comparison of alternative electric energy sources; fuel behavior and experiments on core cooling in LOCAs; reactor event reporting analysis; equipment qualification; post facts analysis of the TMI-2 accident; and computational methods.

  4. Chromatographic and Related Reactors.

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    1988-01-07

    special information about effects of surface heteroge- neity in the methanation reaction. Studies of an efficient multicolumn assembly for measuring...of organic basic catalysts such as pyridine and 4-methylpicoline. It was demonstrated that the chromatographic reactor gave special information about...Programmed Reaction to obtain special information about surface heterogeneity in the methanation reaction. Advantages of stopped flow over steady state

  5. Nuclear Reactors and Technology

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    Cason, D.L.; Hicks, S.C. [eds.

    1992-01-01

    This publication Nuclear Reactors and Technology (NRT) announces on a monthly basis the current worldwide information available from the open literature on nuclear reactors and technology, including all aspects of power reactors, components and accessories, fuel elements, control systems, and materials. This publication contains the abstracts of DOE reports, journal articles, conference papers, patents, theses, and monographs added to the Energy Science and Technology Database during the past month. Also included are US information obtained through acquisition programs or interagency agreements and international information obtained through the International Energy Agency`s Energy Technology Data Exchange or government-to-government agreements. The digests in NRT and other citations to information on nuclear reactors back to 1948 are available for online searching and retrieval on the Energy Science and Technology Database and Nuclear Science Abstracts (NSA) database. Current information, added daily to the Energy Science and Technology Database, is available to DOE and its contractors through the DOE Integrated Technical Information System. Customized profiles can be developed to provide current information to meet each user`s needs.

  6. Fusion reactor materials

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    none,

    1989-01-01

    This paper discuses the following topics on fusion reactor materials: irradiation, facilities, test matrices, and experimental methods; dosimetry, damage parameters, and activation calculations; materials engineering and design requirements; fundamental mechanical behavior; radiation effects; development of structural alloys; solid breeding materials; and ceramics.

  7. WATER BOILER REACTOR

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    King, L.D.P.

    1960-11-22

    As its name implies, this reactor utilizes an aqueous solution of a fissionable element salt, and is also conventional in that it contains a heat exchanger cooling coil immersed in the fuel. Its novelty lies in the utilization of a cylindrical reactor vessel to provide a critical region having a large and constant interface with a supernatant vapor region, and the use of a hollow sleeve coolant member suspended from the cover assembly in coaxial relation with the reactor vessel. Cool water is circulated inside this hollow coolant member, and a gap between its outer wall and the reactor vessel is used to carry off radiolytic gases for recombination in an external catalyst chamber. The central passage of the coolant member defines a reflux condenser passage into which the externally recombined gases are returned and condensed. The large and constant interface between fuel solution and vapor region prevents the formation of large bubbles and minimizes the amount of fuel salt carried off by water vapor, thus making possible higher flux densities, specific powers and power densities.

  8. The First Reactor.

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    Department of Energy, Washington, DC.

    On December 2, 1942, in a racquet court underneath the West Stands of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago, a team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi created the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. This updated and revised story of the first reactor (or "pile") is based on postwar interviews (as told to Corbin…

  9. MULTISTAGE FLUIDIZED BED REACTOR

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    Jonke, A.A.; Graae, J.E.A.; Levitz, N.M.

    1959-11-01

    A multistage fluidized bed reactor is described in which each of a number of stages is arranged with respect to an associated baffle so that a fluidizing gas flows upward and a granular solid downward through the stages and baffles, whereas the granular solid stopsflowing downward when the flow of fluidizing gas is shut off.

  10. Brazilian multipurpose reactor

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    2014-07-01

    The Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB) Project is an action of the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and has its execution under the responsibility of the Brazilian National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN). Within the CNEN, the project is coordinated by the Research and Development Directorate (DPD) and developed through research units of this board: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (IPEN); Nuclear Engineering Institute (IEN); Centre for Development of Nuclear Technology (CDTN); Regional Center of Nuclear Sciences (CRCN-NE); and Institute of Radiation Protection and Dosimetry (IRD). The Navy Technological Center in Sao Paulo (CTMSP) and also the participation of other research centers, universities, laboratories and companies in the nuclear sector are important and strategic partnerships. The conceptual design and the safety analysis of the reactor and main facilities, related to nuclear and environmental licensing, are performed by technicians of the research units of DPD / CNEN. The basic design was contracted to engineering companies as INTERTHECNE from Brazil and INVAP from Argentine. The research units from DPD/CNEN are also responsible for the design verification on all engineering documents developed by the contracted companies. The construction and installation should be performed by specific national companies and international partnerships. The Nuclear Reactor RMB will be a open pool type reactor with maximum power of 30 MW and have the OPAL nuclear reactor of 20 MW, built in Australia and designed by INVAP, as reference. The RMB reactor core will have a 5x5 configuration, consisting of 23 elements fuels (EC) of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} dispersion-type Al having a density of up to 3.5 gU/cm{sup 3} and enrichment of 19.75% by weight of {sup 23{sup 5}}U. Two positions will be available in the core for materials irradiation devices. The main objectives of the RMB Reactor and the other nuclear and radioactive

  11. The collection of type specimens of the family Carabidae (Coleoptera deposited in the Natural History Museum of Barcelona, Spain

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    Viñolas, A.

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The type collection of the family Carabidae (Coleoptera deposited in the Natural History Museum of Barcelona, Spain, has been organised, revised and documented. It contains 430 type specimens belonging to 155 different taxa. Of note are the large number of hypogean species, the species of Cicindelidae from Asenci Codina’s collection, and the species of Harpalinae extracted from Jacques Nègre’s collection. In this paper we provide all the available information related to these type specimens. We therefore provide the following information for each taxon, species or subspecies: the original and current taxonomic status, original citation of type materials, exact transcription of original labels, and preservation condition of specimens. Moreover, the differences between original descriptions and labels are discussed. When a taxonomic change has occurred, the references that examine those changes are included at the end of the taxa description.

  12. Memòria pública i debat polític a Barcelona (1931-1936

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    Fernando Sánchez Costa

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Tesis doctoral dirigida por Alfons Puigarnau y codirigida por José Olives (ambos de la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Fue defendida el 6 de julio de 2011 en la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya y obtuvo la calificación de excelente cum laude por unanimidad. Formaban el tribunal los doctores Jean-Louis Guereña (U. François Rabelais, Tours, Presidente del tribunal, José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec (U. Autònoma de Barcelona, Enrique Banús (U. Internacional de Catalunya, Stéphane Michonneau (École des Hautes Études Hispaniques-Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, Jaume Aurell (Universidad de Navarra.

  13. Contribution of ecosystem services to air quality and climate change mitigation policies: the case of urban forests in Barcelona, Spain.

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    Baró, Francesc; Chaparro, Lydia; Gómez-Baggethun, Erik; Langemeyer, Johannes; Nowak, David J; Terradas, Jaume

    2014-05-01

    Mounting research highlights the contribution of ecosystem services provided by urban forests to quality of life in cities, yet these services are rarely explicitly considered in environmental policy targets. We quantify regulating services provided by urban forests and evaluate their contribution to comply with policy targets of air quality and climate change mitigation in the municipality of Barcelona, Spain. We apply the i-Tree Eco model to quantify in biophysical and monetary terms the ecosystem services "air purification," "global climate regulation," and the ecosystem disservice "air pollution" associated with biogenic emissions. Our results show that the contribution of urban forests regulating services to abate pollution is substantial in absolute terms, yet modest when compared to overall city levels of air pollution and GHG emissions. We conclude that in order to be effective, green infrastructure-based efforts to offset urban pollution at the municipal level have to be coordinated with territorial policies at broader spatial scales.

  14. Differences between users of six public parks in Barcelona depending on the level of perceived safety in the neighborhood

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    Félix Pérez Tejera

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Research on the relation between fear of crime and public space has been often limited to psychosocial processes (place attachment, social cohesion, collective efficacy and the effect of environmental variables (brightness, graffitis, cleaness. Most of the behavioral aspects involved, however, have been neglected. In this work we carried out a systematic observational study of the types of users (gender, age, ethnicity, signs of poverty of six public parks in Barcelona. We examined whether there would be differences between users of three parks in the neighbourhood with the highest level of fear of crime and the users of three public parks in the neighbourhoods with the highest levels of perceived safety. The analysis showed significant differences in the spatial occupancy patterns between the two neighbourhoods. The differences highlighted processes of avoidance of public space by women, children and the elderly, and processes of spatial segregation depending on ethnicity and the presence of signs of poverty.

  15. Life cycle assessment of an intensive sewage treatment plant in Barcelona (Spain) with focus on energy aspects.

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    Bravo, L; Ferrer, I

    2011-01-01

    Life Cycle Assessment was used to evaluate environmental impacts associated to a full-scale wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Barcelona Metropolitan Area, with a treatment capacity of 2 million population equivalent, focussing on energy aspects and resources consumption. The wastewater line includes conventional pre-treatment, primary settler, activated sludge with nitrogen removal, and tertiary treatment; and the sludge line consists of thickening, anaerobic digestion, cogeneration, dewatering and thermal drying. Real site data were preferably included in the inventory. Environmental impacts of the resulting impact categories were determined by the CLM 2 baseline method. According to the results, the combustion of natural gas in the cogeneration engine is responsible for the main impact on Climate Change and Depletion of Abiotic Resources, while the combustion of biogas in the cogeneration unit accounts for a minor part. The results suggest that the environmental performance of the WWTP would be enhanced by increasing biogas production through improved anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge.

  16. Imagen y lenguaje arquitectónico: un análisis transdisciplinar del caso Fórum Barcelona 2004

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    2007-01-01

    La tesis tiene como tema central el estudio de las imágenes arquitectónicas del Fórum Barcelona 2004, es decir, la representación gráfica utilizada para promover dicho evento urbanístico. La investigación se ha centrado en analizar las imágenes de los edificios mostradas y difundidas antes de la concreción del acontecimiento, esto es, en unas representaciones arquitectónicas que hasta entonces sólo existían 'en el papel'. El Fórum fue creado como un acontecimiento de transformación de un sect...

  17. Recepció de la música de Georg Friedrich Händel a la Barcelona del segle XIX

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    Bonastre, Francesc

    2013-01-01

    La música de Händel sonà a Barcelona, més enllà de l’època en què va ser creada, a la recerca de l’interès cultural i artístic dels auditoris de mitjan segle XIX. L’aventura de la música händeliana a la Ciutat Comtal s’inicià el 12 de març de 1867, amb uns fragments de Rinaldo, i es va cloure a l’adveniment del segle XX, amb un repertori semblant, dirigit per Matthieu Crickboom. Les 30 obres escoltades, 20 de les quals eren vocals i 10 instrumentals, que es programaren en el transcurs de 40 a...

  18. Working toward cancer and healthy living education around the world: the experience at La Salle Campus Barcelona.

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    Forrest, Tallulah

    2012-01-01

    Health education, especially in the earlier stages of life, is essential for the development of healthy habits for life. Though healthy living messages must first be delivered locally, our goal is to distribute these messages globally using new technology and communications mediums. The La Salle schools, with a global network of primary, secondary, and higher education institutions have the capacity to reach thousands of children. La Salle Campus Barcelona, in collaboration with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu , has started to carry out educational activities in schools in Catalonia, as well as supporting the design of video games teaching healthy habits and preparing videos about a healthy lifestyle, with the goal of reaching children around the world.

  19. Prayers for the salvation of the soul. Obituary in stone in Sant Pau del Camp monastery in Barcelona

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    Javier de Santiago Fernández

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines some inscriptions preserved in the monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, in Barcelona, in order to determine their functionality and find out who were their moral authors. We try to answer the questions of who and why. This collection of epigraphs is peculiar in Spanish medieval epigraphy; it cannot be assimilated exactly to epitaphia necrologica, because those in Sant Pau del Camp specially emphasize the foundation of anniversaries, that guarantee perpetual prayer for the deceased’s soul. Consequently, we have conceptualized some of these inscriptions as fundationes of anniversary. This tradition is not habitual in other areas of the Iberian Peninsula, except Catalonia. Also, we can find similar inscriptions in the south of France. We also analyze the relationship of these epigraphs with obituaries and testamentary dispositions.

  20. Datos ciberetnoculinarios. Antropología alimentaria en el barrio de Gràcia de Barcelona

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    Cecilia Montero Mórtola

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Lo culinario en la red traspasa la consulta del recetario o la compra de alimentos. La migración y la alimentación tienen una íntima relación en Internet, basada en el intercambio de conocimientos y los contrastes identitarios. El trabajo antropológico se encuadra en un barrio de Barcelona. Se describe la cotidianeidad representada en las tiendas de alimentos y los cibers, escenarios donde lo culinario alcanza una relevancia insospechada que obliga al observador a realizar su tarea etnográfica con una perspectiva más abierta y heterodoxa, incorporando nuevos conceptos y reconociendo la complejidad de una realidad diversa.

  1. HIV vaccine trial willingness among injection and non-injection drug users in two urban centres, Barcelona and San Francisco.

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    Etcheverry, M Florencia; Lum, Paula J; Evans, Jennifer L; Sanchez, Emilia; de Lazzari, Elisa; Mendez-Arancibia, Eva; Sierra, Ernesto; Gatell, José M; Page, Kimberly; Joseph, Joan

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    Being able to recruit high-risk volunteers who are also willing to consider future participation in vaccine trials are critical features of vaccine preparedness studies. We described data from two cohorts of injection- and non-injection drug users in Barcelona, Spain [Red Cross centre] and in San Francisco, USA, [UFO-VAX study] at high risk of HIV/HCV infection to assess behaviour risk exposure and willingness to participate in future preventive HIV vaccine trials. We successfully identified drug-using populations that would be eligible for future HIV vaccine efficacy trials, based on reported levels of risk during screening and high levels of willingness to participate. In both groups, Red Cross and UFO-VAX respectively, HCV infection was highly prevalent at baseline (41% and 34%), HIV baseline seroprevalence was 4.2% and 1.5%, and high levels of willingness were seen (83% and 78%).

  2. L'establiment dels cursos de mecànica a l'Escola industrial de Barcelona

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    Durant el primer curs de funcionament de l'Escola Industrial de Barcelona (1851-52) es varen establir els ensenyaments de Mecànica pura i de Mecànica i tecnologia industrial. Tot i tractar-se d'una escola de nova creació, les classes de mecànica pràctica s'entroncaven amb una llarga tradició de Catalunya lligada a la tasca docent de la Junta de Comerç. El Gabinet de Màquines de G. Faralt (1804) i la càtedra de Maquinària de H. Bordeje (1831) tingueren continuïtat en els ensenya...

  3. Modeling Chemical Reactors I: Quiescent Reactors

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    Michoski, C E; Schmitz, P G

    2010-01-01

    We introduce a fully generalized quiescent chemical reactor system in arbitrary space $\\vdim =1,2$ or 3, with $n\\in\\mathbb{N}$ chemical constituents $\\alpha_{i}$, where the character of the numerical solution is strongly determined by the relative scaling between the local reactivity of species $\\alpha_{i}$ and the local functional diffusivity $\\mathscr{D}_{ij}(\\alpha)$ of the reaction mixture. We develop an operator time-splitting predictor multi-corrector RK--LDG scheme, and utilize $hp$-adaptivity relying only on the entropy $\\mathscr{S}_{\\mathfrak{R}}$ of the reactive system $\\mathfrak{R}$. This condition preserves these bounded nonlinear entropy functionals as a necessarily enforced stability condition on the coupled system. We apply this scheme to a number of application problems in chemical kinetics; including a difficult classical problem arising in nonequilibrium thermodynamics known as the Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction where we utilize a concentration-dependent diffusivity tensor $\\mathscr{D}_{ij}(...

  4. L’esperança de vida dels infants de l’hospital de la Santa Creu de Barcelona

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    Vinyoles Vidal, Teresa

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available On the premise of high infant mortality in the early medieval period, this paper attempts an approach to life expectancy of children taken in at the Santa Creu hospital in Barcelona, during the first half of the 15th century. One of the functions of the hospital was to host foundlings and ensure their survival and integration into society. To fulfil these functions a set of documents were drafted, although only parts of then survive, providing interesting information on the topic of this paper. We present data on mortality in the various stages of childhood, the incidence of outbreaks of epidemics, the information we have been able to obtain on diseases the remedies, causes of death and infant burials.[ct] Partint de la premissa de la gran mortalitat infantil baixmedieval, aquest treball intenta una aproximació a l’esperança de vida dels infants acollits a l’hospital de la Santa Creu de Barcelona durant la primera meitat del segle XV. Una de les funcions de l’hospital era recollir els expòsits, procurar la seva supervivència i la seva integració a la societat. El compliment d’aquestes funcions va implicar la redacció d’una sèrie de documents que, si bé només s’han conservat en part, ens ofereixen informació molt interessant pel tema d’aquest treball. Presentem dades sobre la mortalitat en les diverses etapes de la infància, la incidència dels brots epidèmics, les notícies que hem pogut obtenir sobre les malalties, els remeis, les causes de la mort i els enterraments infantils.

  5. Tendencias en el consumo de tabaco, alcohol y cannabis de los escolares de Barcelona (1987-1999

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    Ariza C.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Describir las tendencias en el consumo de tabaco, alcohol y cannabis entre los adolescentes escolarizados entre 1987 y 1999 de la ciudad de Barcelona. Métodos: Encuestas transversales realizadas a muestras representativas de escolares de segundo curso de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO entre 1987 y 1999. Los cuestionarios eran anónimos y autocontestados. Se dispone de datos de 5.013 escolares de la ciudad de Barcelona que participan en alguna de las 5 encuestas. Resultados: Tras disminuir de forma uniforme entre 1987 y 1996, en 1999 se observa un aumento del 13,4% en el consumo regular (diario o semanal de tabaco y del 38,7% en el consumo experimental de tabaco, respecto a las prevalencias observadas en 1996. Con respecto al consumo de alcohol, se observa una disminución global del 14% de los escolares que ha bebido al menos medio vaso de alcohol entre 1987 y 1999. El consumo problemático de alcohol se iguala en ambos sexos, y la proporción que declara haberse emborrachado alguna vez es en 1999 superior en las chicas (14,0% que en los chicos (10,5%. Mientras en 1996 un 6,9% declaraba haber probado cannabis, la proporción en 1999, sin diferencias entre sexos, era del 7,3% de la población estudiada. Conclusiones: En el período estudiado se observa un aumento del consumo regular de tabaco, una disminución del consumo de alcohol y una estabilización del consumo de cannabis. Las diferencias entre ambos sexos tienden a desaparecer.

  6. Política urbana en Barcelona: lo que nos hacen creer, pero que no nos creemos

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    Francisca Andrea Cerda Díaz

    2012-05-01

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    Las políticas urbanas sin duda juegan un rol clave en el abordaje de las problemáticas actuales que aquejan a la población mundial, considerando que ésta se encuentra fuertemente concentrada en las ciudades. Situando la mirada en la realidad de Barcelona y sus grandes reformas urbanísticas, se sugiere aquí una reflexión acerca de los impactos del modelo urbano en la vida de sus habitantes, dejándose planteados algunos interrogantes tales como ¿cuál es la ciudad real que se extiende alrededor de la Barcelona que se ofrece internacionalmente como paradigma de crecimiento y organización? ¿es sostenible el modelo de crecimiento que impulsa la administración? ¿cómo viven realmente sus habitantes y cómo les ha afectado este modelo en su vida cotidiana?

    En los párrafos siguientes, dicha reflexión será desarrollada considerando tres cuestiones imbricadas entre sí: la preeminencia de una visión mercantilizada de la ciudad, entendida ésta como espacio económico, la imposición de soluciones urbanas acordes con esta lógica y el uso discursivo de conceptos como sostenibilidad o participación para legitimar proyectos urbanos de gran impacto ambiental y social.

  7. CAPITALISMO IMOBILIÁRIO E FINANCEIRO E IMPLICAÇÕES SOCIAIS DA PRODUÇÃO HABITACIONAL EM BARCELONA

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    Danilo Volochko

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El análisis de la metrópoli de Barcelona nos ayuda a tomar el tema de la financiarización de la producción del espacio que ha venido ocurriendo en los últimos años en varios países, incluso en Brasil. Este proceso se presenta en el mundo con distintos ritmos e intensidades, ya que cuenta con diferentes mediaciones históricas, políticas, institucionales, económicas, ideológicas y sociales entre los países de economías avanzadas y aquellos llamados en desarrollo. En este sentido, es importante considerar el modo como ocurre este proceso en un país como España, que sustentó su gran crecimiento económico de la última década en las bases de la producción inmobiliaria del espacio bajo un capitalismo financiarizado. Es posible identificar en este país las contradicciones acerca de la realización de los negocias inmobiliarios - lo incremento del valor del suelo urbano y los conflictos planteados por la apropiación del espacio urbano para la vida de la gente, lo que revela la lucha contra la expropiación financiera y inmobiliaria de los hogares más pobres o sobreendeudados. Este camino nos puede ayudar en la interpretación de la producción globalizada del espacio, en el caso aquí planteada a través de la expansión metropolitana y periférica de la producción de la vivienda en Barcelona, lo que nos pone frente a una crisis no sólo económica sino más bien una gran crisis social.

  8. The Barcelona Dust Forecast Center: The first WMO regional meteorological center specialized on atmospheric sand and dust forecast

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    Basart, Sara; Terradellas, Enric; Cuevas, Emilio; Jorba, Oriol; Benincasa, Francesco; Baldasano, Jose M.

    2015-04-01

    The World Meteorological Organization's Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System (WMO SDS-WAS, http://sds-was.aemet.es/) project has the mission to enhance the ability of countries to deliver timely and quality sand and dust storm forecasts, observations, information and knowledge to users through an international partnership of research and operational communities. The good results obtained by the SDS-WAS Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe (NAMEE) Regional Center and the demand of many national meteorological services led to the deployment of operational dust forecast services. On June 2014, the first WMO Regional Meteorological Center Specialized on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast, the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center (BDFC; http://dust.aemet.es/), was publicly presented. The Center operationally generates and distributes predictions for the NAMEE region. The dust forecasts are based on the NMMB/BSC-Dust model developed at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS). The present contribution will describe the main objectives and capabilities of BDFC. One of the activities performed by the BDFC is to establish a protocol to routinely exchange products from dust forecast models as dust load, dust optical depth (AOD), surface concentration, surface extinction and deposition. An important step in dust forecasting is the evaluation of the results that have been generated. This process consists of the comparison of the model results with multiple kinds of observations (i.e. AERONET and MODIS) and is aimed to facilitate the understanding of the model capabilities, limitations, and appropriateness for the purpose for which it was designed. The aim of this work is to present different evaluation approaches and to test the use of different observational products in the evaluation system.

  9. Alternative approaches to fusion. [reactor design and reactor physics for Tokamak fusion reactors

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    Roth, R. J.

    1976-01-01

    The limitations of the Tokamak fusion reactor concept are discussed and various other fusion reactor concepts are considered that employ the containment of thermonuclear plasmas by magnetic fields (i.e., stellarators). Progress made in the containment of plasmas in toroidal devices is reported. Reactor design concepts are illustrated. The possibility of using fusion reactors as a power source in interplanetary space travel and electric power plants is briefly examined.

  10. Reactor monitoring using antineutrino detectors

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    Bowden, N. S.

    2011-08-01

    Nuclear reactors have served as the antineutrino source for many fundamental physics experiments. The techniques developed by these experiments make it possible to use these weakly interacting particles for a practical purpose. The large flux of antineutrinos that leaves a reactor carries information about two quantities of interest for safeguards: the reactor power and fissile inventory. Measurements made with antineutrino detectors could therefore offer an alternative means for verifying the power history and fissile inventory of a reactor as part of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and/or other reactor safeguards regimes. Several efforts to develop this monitoring technique are underway worldwide.

  11. Reactor vessel support system. [LMFBR

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    Golden, M.P.; Holley, J.C.

    1980-05-09

    A reactor vessel support system includes a support ring at the reactor top supported through a box ring on a ledge of the reactor containment. The box ring includes an annular space in the center of its cross-section to reduce heat flow and is keyed to the support ledge to transmit seismic forces from the reactor vessel to the containment structure. A coolant channel is provided at the outside circumference of the support ring to supply coolant gas through the keyways to channels between the reactor vessel and support ledge into the containment space.

  12. Análisis del cambio organizacional e institucional [recurso electrónico] : estudio comparado de dos incubadoras de empresas : "Centro Integral de Servicios Empresariales (CREAME) en Medellín, Colombia (1996-2010) y Barcelona Activa, en Barcelona, España (1986-2010)" / por Geovanny Perdomo Charry

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    2012-01-01

    1 CD-ROM El trabajo explica el análisis del cambio organizacional e institucional de las incubadoras de empresas y como estudio de casos el de CREAME en Medellín, Colombia en el periodo de 1996 a 2010 y Barcelona Activa en Barcelona, España en el periodo de 1986 a 2010. Persigue explicar mediante el enfoque de investigación cualitativo el fenómeno organizacional complejo del cambio, constituido por un sistema social, técnico y dinámico, influido por factores externos e internos, así como p...

  13. The History of Pedagogy at the University of Barcelona: a program of the subject, for the year 1958-59, that Joaquín Carreras Artau taught La Historia de la Pedagogía en la Universidad de Barcelona: programa de la asignatura, correspondiente al curso 1958-59, que impartía Joaquín Carreras Artau

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The History of the Pedagogy of teacher Carreras Artau, at the University of Barcelona, as explained in 1958, meets the key criteria in Franco’s Spain, and idealistic positions in close dependence on the philosophy and history.La Historia de la Pedagogía del profesor Carreras Artau, en la Universidad de Barcelona, tal como se explica en 1958, responde a los criterios dominantes en la España del franquismo, y a posiciones idealistas, en estrecha dependencia con la filosofía y su historia.

  14. Methanogenesis in Thermophilic Biogas Reactors

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    Ahring, Birgitte Kiær

    1995-01-01

    Methanogenesis in thermophilic biogas reactors fed with different wastes is examined. The specific methanogenic activity with acetate or hydrogen as substrate reflected the organic loading of the specific reactor examined. Increasing the loading of thermophilic reactors stabilized the process...... as indicated by a lower concentration of volatile fatty acids in the effluent from the reactors. The specific methanogenic activity in a thermophilic pilot-plant biogas reactor fed with a mixture of cow and pig manure reflected the stability of the reactor. The numbers of methanogens counted by the most...... against Methanothrix soehngenii or Methanothrix CALS-I in any of the thermophilic biogas reactors examined. Studies using 2-14C-labeled acetate showed that at high concentrations (more than approx. 1 mM) acetate was metabolized via the aceticlastic pathway, transforming the methyl-group of acetate...

  15. El pressupost de cultura de l'Ajuntament de Barcelona de 1908: un referent pedagògic The 1908 Budget of the Culture Office of the Barcelona City Council: A Pedagogical Reference El presupuesto de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona de 1908: un referente pedagógico

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    Raquel de la Arada Acebes

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    Full Text Available En aquest article l'autora revisa la gènesi i evolució del pressupost de Cultura de l'Ajuntament de Barcelona de 1908 que, entre altres aspectes, proposava una escola pública de qualitat, a càrrec del municipi, amb els següents principis pedagògics: coeducació, ensenyament en llengua catalana i neutralitat religiosa. La difícil conjuntura política del moment va impedir que aquest pressupost reexís després d'una llarga disputa pública i social. Ben mirat, aquell projecte obeïa a una política cultural de l'esquerra catalanista i republicana que es movia ideològicament en l'òrbita del modernisme cultural i pedagògicament, en el moviment renovador de l'Escola Nova, que va arrelar amb força a casa nostra, amb l'ajut i col·laboració de la Institución Libre de Enseñanza. En conseqüència, el Pressupost Extraordinari de Cultura era el resultat d'una mentalitat basada en una política cultural que havia de proporcionar a la ciutat de Barcelona -i per extensió, a tot Catalunya- un model d'escola pública adequat als criteris del modernisme cultural i del regeneracionisme polític. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dans cet article, l'auteur révise la genèse ainsi que l'évolution du budget de la culture de la Mairie de Barcelone de l'année 1908 qui proposait, entre autres aspects, une école publique de qualité, à la charge de la municipalité, et qui envisageait les principes pédagogiques suivants: coéducation, enseignement en langue catalane et neutralité religieuse. La difficile conjoncture politique du moment empêcha l'exécution de ce budget, après une longue querelle publique et sociale. Tout bien considéré, ce projet obéissait à une politique culturelle de la gauche catalaniste et républicaine qui se déplaçait idéologiquement dans la sphère du modernisme

  16. MEANS FOR COOLING REACTORS

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    Wheeler, J.A.

    1957-11-01

    A design of a reactor is presented in which the fuel elements may be immersed in a liquid coolant when desired without the necessity of removing them from the reactor structure. The fuel elements, containing the fissionable material are in plate form and are disposed within spaced slots in a moderator material, such as graphite to form the core. Adjacent the core is a tank containing the liquid coolant. The fuel elements are mounted in spaced relationship on a rotatable shaft which is located between the core and the tank so that by rotation of the shaft the fuel elements may be either inserted in the slots in the core to sustain a chain reaction or immersed in the coolant.

  17. Compact fusion reactors

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    2015-01-01

    Fusion research is currently to a large extent focused on tokamak (ITER) and inertial confinement (NIF) research. In addition to these large international or national efforts there are private companies performing fusion research using much smaller devices than ITER or NIF. The attempt to achieve fusion energy production through relatively small and compact devices compared to tokamaks decreases the costs and building time of the reactors and this has allowed some private companies to enter the field, like EMC2, General Fusion, Helion Energy, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics and Lockheed Martin. Some of these companies are trying to demonstrate net energy production within the next few years. If they are successful their next step is to attempt to commercialize their technology. In this presentation an overview of compact fusion reactor concepts is given.

  18. Reactor Neutrino Spectra

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    Hayes, A. C.; Vogel, Petr

    2016-01-01

    We present a review of the antineutrino spectra emitted from reactors. Knowledge of these spectra and their associated uncertainties is crucial for neutrino oscillation studies. The spectra used to date have been determined either by converting measured electron spectra to antineutrino spectra or by summing over all of the thousands of transitions that make up the spectra, using modern databases as input. The uncertainties in the subdominant corrections to β-decay plague both methods, and we ...

  19. REACTOR MODERATOR STRUCTURE

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    Greenstreet, B.L.

    1963-12-31

    A system for maintaining the alignment of moderator block structures in reactors is presented. Integral restraining grids are placed between each layer of blocks in the moderator structure, at the top of the uppermost layer, and at the bottom of the lowermost layer. Slots are provided in the top and bottom surfaces of the moderator blocks so as to provide a keying action with the grids. The grids are maintained in alignment by vertical guiding members disposed about their peripheries. (AEC)

  20. BOILER-SUPERHEATED REACTOR

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    Heckman, T.P.

    1961-05-01

    A nuclear power reactor of the type in which a liquid moderator-coolant is transformed by nuclear heating into a vapor that may be used to drive a turbo- generator is described. The core of this reactor comprises a plurality of freely suspended tubular fuel elements, called fuel element trains, within which nonboiling pressurized liquid moderator-coolant is preheated and sprayed through orifices in the walls of the trains against the outer walls thereof to be converted into vapor. Passage of the vapor ovcr other unwetted portions of the outside of the fuel elements causes the steam to be superheated. The moderatorcoolant within the fuel elements remains in the liqUid state, and that between the fuel elements remains substantiaily in the vapor state. A unique liquid neutron-absorber control system is used. Advantages expected from the reactor design include reduced fuel element failure, increased stability of operation, direct response to power demand, and circulation of a minimum amount of liquid moderatorcoolant. (A.G.W.)

  1. A complex small RNA repertoire is generated by a plant/fungal-like machinery and effected by a metazoan-like Argonaute in the single-cell human parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

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    Braun, Laurence; Cannella, Dominique; Ortet, Philippe; Barakat, Mohamed; Sautel, Céline F; Kieffer, Sylvie; Garin, Jérôme; Bastien, Olivier; Voinnet, Olivier; Hakimi, Mohamed-Ali

    2010-05-27

    In RNA silencing, small RNAs produced by the RNase-III Dicer guide Argonaute-like proteins as part of RNA-induced silencing complexes (RISC) to regulate gene expression transcriptionally or post-transcriptionally. Here, we have characterized the RNA silencing machinery and exhaustive small RNAome of Toxoplasma gondii, member of the Apicomplexa, a phylum of animal- and human-infecting parasites that cause extensive health and economic damages to human populations worldwide. Remarkably, the small RNA-generating machinery of Toxoplasma is phylogenetically and functionally related to that of plants and fungi, and accounts for an exceptionally diverse array of small RNAs. This array includes conspicuous populations of repeat-associated small interfering RNA (siRNA), which, as in plants, likely generate and maintain heterochromatin at DNA repeats and satellites. Toxoplasma small RNAs also include many microRNAs with clear metazoan-like features whose accumulation is sometimes extremely high and dynamic, an unexpected finding given that Toxoplasma is a unicellular protist. Both plant-like heterochromatic small RNAs and metazoan-like microRNAs bind to a single Argonaute protein, Tg-AGO. Toxoplasma miRNAs co-sediment with polyribosomes, and thus, are likely to act as translational regulators, consistent with the lack of catalytic residues in Tg-AGO. Mass spectrometric analyses of the Tg-AGO protein complex revealed a common set of virtually all known RISC components so far characterized in human and Drosophila, as well as novel proteins involved in RNA metabolism. In agreement with its loading with heterochromatic small RNAs, Tg-AGO also associates substoichiometrically with components of known chromatin-repressing complexes. Thus, a puzzling patchwork of silencing processor and effector proteins from plant, fungal and metazoan origin accounts for the production and action of an unsuspected variety of small RNAs in the single-cell parasite Toxoplasma and possibly in other

  2. Correlatos psicosociales de la adhesión al tratamiento antirretroviral en el Centro Penitenciario de hombres de Barcelona Psychosocial correlates of the adherence to antirretroviral treatment of men in penitentiary center of Barcelona

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    F. Herraiz

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Evaluar la adhesión terapéutica al TARGA de los pacientes reclusos con VIH y su relación con diferentes tipos de variables. Material y Método: Estudio longitudinal, realizado en el Centro Penitenciario de Hombres de Barcelona. Se utilizaron las bases de datos del centro, una entrevista semiestructurada, que valoraba variables sociodemográficas, penales/penitenciarias, clínicas y características del tratamiento, así como cuestionarios sobre creencias y estados emocionales. También se evaluó la adhesión al inicio del estudio, a los tres y a los seis meses. Resultados: Los internos presentaron un bajo apoyo social; un acuerdo medio respecto de los cuidados recibidos por el personal médico y sanitario; consideraron la complejidad del tratamiento como alta y concedieron una moderada relevancia a los efectos secundarios; presentaron un elevado acuerdo respecto a los beneficios que les podían reportar seguir el tratamiento, una percepción moderada sobre la severidad de la enfermedad y manifestaron una elevada autoeficacia en el seguimiento del tratamiento. Respecto a las variables emocionales mostraron una baja tensión, depresión, cólera y fatiga. La adhesión a los antirretrovirales desde el inicio al final del estudio no ha variado a lo largo del estudio. Las variables socio-cognitivas que correlacionaron con la adhesión en los diferentes momentos del estudio son la autoeficacia, los beneficios percibidos, la complejidad del tratamiento y los efectos secundarios. Los estados emocionales que correlacionaban con la adhesión eran la depresión y la fatiga. Discusión: La relación entre autoeficacia y adhesión es un resultado repetido en los estudios sobre la predicción de la adhesión al TARGA. Las relaciones de la fatiga y de la tristeza/depresión con la adhesión son del tipo esperado.Objective: to assess therapeutic adherence to HAART amongst HIV positive inmates and its likely relationship with sets of different

  3. Nuclear research reactors in Brazil

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    Cota, Anna Paula Leite; Mesquita, Amir Zacarias, E-mail: aplc@cdtn.b, E-mail: amir@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The rising concerns about global warming and energy security have spurred a revival of interest in nuclear energy, giving birth to a 'nuclear power renaissance' in several countries in the world. Particularly in Brazil, in the recent years, the nuclear power renaissance can be seen in the actions that comprise its nuclear program, summarily the increase of the investments in nuclear research institutes and the government target to design and build the Brazilian Multipurpose research Reactor (BMR). In the last 50 years, Brazilian research reactors have been used for training, for producing radioisotopes to meet demands in industry and nuclear medicine, for miscellaneous irradiation services and for academic research. Moreover, the research reactors are used as laboratories to develop technologies in power reactors, which are evaluated today at around 450 worldwide. In this application, those reactors become more viable in relation to power reactors by the lowest cost, by the operation at low temperatures and, furthermore, by lower demand for nuclear fuel. In Brazil, four research reactors were installed: the IEA-R1 and the MB-01 reactors, both at the Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas Nucleares (IPEN, Sao Paulo); the Argonauta, at the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN, Rio de Janeiro) and the IPR-R1 TRIGA reactor, at the Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN, Belo Horizonte). The present paper intends to enumerate the characteristics of these reactors, their utilization and current academic research. Therefore, through this paper, we intend to collaborate on the BMR project. (author)

  4. A mortality study of the last outbreak of yellow fever in Barcelona City (Spain in 1870 Estudio de la mortalidad del último brote de fiebre amarilla en la ciudad de Barcelona (España en 1870

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    Jaume Canela Soler

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: The last outbreak of yellow fever in the city of Barcelona, Spain, was caused by a ship arriving from Cuba. The objective of this study was to describe and analyze the epidemic of 1870 by using the available mortality data. Methods: The information on 1,235 deaths identified in the parochial registries was analyzed, using statistical and epidemiological procedures for epidemic outbreaks. Results: Mortality due to yellow fever was 549.7 per 100,000 inhabitants. The temporal distribution of the deaths showed two peaks at the end of September and October with the last fatalities occurring in December 1870. The distribution of the fatalities in the city's neighborhoods was unequal. In La Barceloneta, in particular, more fatalities were found in the streets adjacent to the port than in the most remote streets (r=0.83; pObjetivo: El último brote de fiebre amarilla en la ciudad de Barcelona, España, se originó a partir de un barco que venía de Cuba. El objetivo de este estudio es describir y analizar esa epidemia ocurrida en 1870, utilizando los datos disponibles de mortalidad. Métodos: La información de las 1235 defunciones identificadas en los registros parroquiales se ha analizado utilizando los procedimientos estadísticos y epidemiológicos para brotes epidémicos. Resultados: La tasa de mortalidad por fiebre amarilla fue de 549.7 por 100,000 habitantes. La distribución temporal de las muertes tenía dos modas en el final de septiembre y octubre, y los últimos muertos ocurrieron en diciembre de 1870. La distribución de las defunciones según los barrios de la ciudad fue desigual. En La Barceloneta, en particular, hubo mas muertos en las calles adyacentes al puerto que en las más lejanas (r=0,83; p<0,0001. Conclusiones: Este estudio muestra una distribución bimodal de la mortalidad por fiebre amarilla durante el brote, con un impacto alto en hombres adultos, y en el barrio de La Barceloneta.

  5. Thermionic Reactor Design Studies

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    Schock, Alfred

    1994-06-01

    During the 1960's and early 70's the author performed extensive design studies, analyses, and tests aimed at thermionic reactor concepts that differed significantly from those pursued by other investigators. Those studies, like most others under Atomic Energy Commission (AEC and DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsorship, were terminated in the early 1970's. Some of this work was previously published, but much of it was never made available in the open literature. U.S. interest in thermionic reactors resumed in the early 80's, and was greatly intensified by reports about Soviet ground and flight tests in the late 80's. This recent interest resulted in renewed U.S. thermionic reactor development programs, primarily under Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Energy (DOE) sponsorship. Since most current investigators have not had an opportunity to study all of the author's previous work, a review of the highlights of that work may be of value to them. The present paper describes some of the author's conceptual designs and their rationale, and the special analytical techniques developed to analyze their performance. The basic designs, first published in 1963, are based on single-cell converters, either double-ended diodes extending over the full height of the reactor core or single-ended diodes extending over half the core height. In that respect they are similar to the thermionic fuel elements employed in the Topaz-2 reactor subsequently developed in the Soviet Union, copies of which were recently imported by the U.S. As in the Topaz-2 case, electrically heated steady-state performance tests of the converters are possible before fueling. Where the author's concepts differed from the later Topaz-2 design was in the relative location of the emitter and the collector. Placing the fueled emitter on the outside of the cylindrical diodes permits much higher axial conductances to reduce ohmic

  6. Responsabilidad y marcas de calidad conferencia pronunciada en Barcelona, el 11 de diciembre de 1974 en el II Congreso Nacional de la Calidad

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    Vila, Miguel

    1975-04-01

    Full Text Available This is a reproduction of the lecture held by the author at the 11 National Congress of Quality in Barcelona, Spain, which gives account of concepts, projects, works and plans for the future, and information is given on completed works and the philosophy of a Working Group CIETSID, with the participation of Instituto Eduardo Torroja, CENIM, AECC, of the official organisations, professional colleges, UNESID and manufacturers.Se reproduce aquí la conferencia pronunciada por el autor en el II Congreso Nacional de la Calidad, en Barcelona (España, en la que se exponen conceptos, proyectos, realizaciones y planes para el futuro, representando las inquietudes del sector, y se transmiten las obras concretas y la filosofía de un grupo de trabajo CIETSID, con la participación del Instituto Eduardo Torreja, CENIM, A.E.C.C., de los organismos oficiales, colegios profesionales, UNESID y fabricantes.

  7. Barcelona, destinació turística. Promoció pública, turismes, imatges i ciutat (1888-2010)

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    [cat] El present treball analitza el procés de construcció turística de la destinació Barcelona, assumint una perspectiva històrica, comparativa i compromesa en una anàlisi social i alhora simbòlica del fet turístic a Barcelona. L’anàlisi se centra en la intervenció efectuada pels agents de promoció municipals succeïts al llarg del temps, destacant quines han estat les figures capdavanteres del procés de construcció de la destinació i els objectius associats al foment turístic de la ciuta...

  8. Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality over a twenty-two-year period in the city of Barcelona (Spain) [Veintidós años de evolución de las desigualdades socioeconómicas en la mortalidad en la ciudad de Barcelona

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    A. Dalmau-Bueno (Albert); A. García-Altés (Anna); M. Mardí-Dell'Olmo; K. Pérez (Katherine); A.E. Kunst (Anton); C. Borrell (Carme)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractObjective: To analyze the trend in socioeconomic inequalities in all-cause mortality in Barcelona from 1983 to 2004. Methods: We performed an ecological study of trends over 4 cross-sections (1983-1988, 1989-1994, 1995-1999 and 2000-2004), with the basic health area (BHA) as the unit of

  9. Turning points in reactor design

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    Beckjord, E.S.

    1995-09-01

    This article provides some historical aspects on nuclear reactor design, beginning with PWR development for Naval Propulsion and the first commercial application at Yankee Rowe. Five turning points in reactor design and some safety problems associated with them are reviewed: (1) stability of Dresden-1, (2) ECCS, (3) PRA, (4) TMI-2, and (5) advanced passive LWR designs. While the emphasis is on the thermal-hydraulic aspects, the discussion is also about reactor systems.

  10. Fast reactor programme in India

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    P Chellapandi; P R Vasudeva Rao; Prabhat Kumar

    2015-09-01

    Role of fast breeder reactor (FBR) in the Indian context has been discussed with appropriate justification. The FBR programme since 1985 till 2030 is highlighted focussing on the current status and future direction of fast breeder test reactor (FBTR), prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) and FBR-1 and 2. Design and technological challenges of PFBR and design and safety targets with means to achieve the same are the major highlights of this paper.

  11. Acceptability of reactors in space

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    Buden, D.

    1981-04-01

    Reactors are the key to our future expansion into space. However, there has been some confusion in the public as to whether they are a safe and acceptable technology for use in space. The answer to these questions is explored. The US position is that when reactors are the preferred technical choice, that they can be used safely. In fact, it dies not appear that reactors add measurably to the risk associated with the Space Transportation System.

  12. Spiral-shaped disinfection reactors

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    Ghaffour, Noreddine

    2015-08-20

    This disclosure includes disinfection reactors and processes for the disinfection of water. Some disinfection reactors include a body that defines an inlet, an outlet, and a spiral flow path between the inlet and the outlet, in which the body is configured to receive water and a disinfectant at the inlet such that the water is exposed to the disinfectant as the water flows through the spiral flow path. Also disclosed are processes for disinfecting water in such disinfection reactors.

  13. Hydrogen Production in Fusion Reactors

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    Sudo, S.; Tomita, Y.; Yamaguchi, S.; Iiyoshi, A.; Momota, H; Motojima, O.; Okamoto, M.; Ohnishi, M.; Onozuka, M; Uenosono, C.

    1993-01-01

    As one of methods of innovative energy production in fusion reactors without having a conventional turbine-type generator, an efficient use of radiation produced in a fusion reactor with utilizing semiconductor and supplying clean fuel in a form of hydrogen gas are studied. Taking the candidates of reactors such as a toroidal system and an open system for application of the new concepts, the expected efficiency and a concept of plant system are investigated.

  14. Repercusiones inesperadas de una transformación urbana ralentizada por la crisis. El retorno de los artistas al distrito creativo 22@Barcelona

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    Daniel Paül I Agustí

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Los cambios en la industria generalizados durante la segunda mitad del siglo XX fueron especialmente visibles en algunas áreas, como el Poblenou de Barcelona. En el año 2000 el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona impulsó un gran proyecto de transformación de este antiguo barrio industrial. Un proyecto urbanístico, económico y social que aspiraba a crear un nuevo distrito de la innovación. Tras unos inicios en los que se sucedían las grandes inversiones inmobiliarias, la crisis económica ralentizó algunos de los proyectos inicialmente previstos y anuló otros. Esta nueva situación impulsó una reflexión sobre las transformaciones emprendidas e hizo posible que algunos colectivos, como por ejemplo los artistas, se integrasen mejor en el proyecto. En este sentido, el caso del Poblenou de Barcelona se contrapone en cierta medida a las tendencias habituales en otras ciudades, donde los artistas son atraídos en las fases iniciales de la transformación y expulsados en las etapas más avanzadas. Esta expulsión de artistas también se dio en el Poblenou. La novedad en Barcelona reside en el retorno de los artistas al barrio a partir del año 2008, coincidiendo con la crisis inmobiliaria. Este retorno supone un cambio respecto a los procesos tradicionalmente descritos de expulsión de artistas.

  15. Les relacions epistolars de les ciutats de Barcelona, València i Palma entre els segles XVI i XVII (c. 1510 – c. 1630

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    Vicent Baydal Sala

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Resum: L’article analitza les epístoles enviades pels Consells municipals de Barcelona, Valènciai Palma entre els segles XVI i XVII, a través de l’estudi detallat de tres talls cronològics triennalsentre 1510 i 1629. En concret, s’hi atén comparativament a quatre factors: les raons que motivaren la tramesa de cartes per part dels governs urbans, el tipus de destinataris a les quals s’adreçaren, la xarxa de connexions territorials que el seu enviament ocasionà i les formes epistolars emprades pels escrivans en la seua confecció. Així, s’hi pot observar que, compartint una mateixa cultura epistolar, l’activitat de cada Consell fou ben diversa en funció del seu propi poder polític i la seua relació amb la monarquia.Paraules clau: Epístoles, Edat Moderna, Barcelona, València, PalmaAbstract: This paper examines the epistles sent by the City Councils of Barcelona, Valènciaand Palma between the 16th and 17th centuries through the detailed study of three triennialchronological sections between 1510 and 1629. Specifically, it deals comparatively with four issues:the reasons that motivated the letters, the type of addressees, the network of territorial connectionsestablished by the sending of the letters and the epistolary forms used by the scribes. It is observedthat, sharing the same epistolary culture, the activity of each Council was very diverse dependingon its own political power and its relationship with the monarchy.Keywords: Epistles, Early Modern Ages, Barcelona, Valencia, Palma

  16. Identifying interactions between global and local developments : the Observatory for the detection of skill and training needs in the Barcelona region

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    Planas, Jordi

    2007-01-01

    The project presented in this article (1) defines the content and methods for identifying vocational training needs in the Barcelona region from a standpoint different from, and critical of, the ‘technocratic’ methods that have long dominated the monitoring of labour market and training trends. This project is linked with other international initiatives. The theoretical framework is a skill-oriented adjustment model of the kind being used increasingly in human resource management at all level...

  17. FACTORES ASOCIADOS AL SOBREPESO Y LA OBESIDAD EN ESCOLARES DE 8 A 9 AÑOS DE BARCELONA

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Fundamentos: El sobrepeso y la obesidad infantil han aumentado progresivamente en las últimas décadas, especialmente en países del sur de Europa. El objetivo del estudio fue identificar la prevalencia de sobrepeso, obesidad y sus determinantes en escolares de 8-9 años de Barcelona. Métodos: Estudio transversal descriptivo de una muestra representativa de 3.262 escolares en 2011. Se calculó el Índice de Masa Corporal (IMC siguiendo los criterios establecidos por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (z-scores. Se estudiaron variables sobre conducta alimentaria, actividad física y uso de nuevas tecnologías mediante 2 cuestionarios. Se ajustaron modelos de regresión logística, obteniendo odds ratio ajustadas e intervalos de confianza (95%. Resultados: La prevalencia de sobrepeso fue del 24,0% y de obesidad del 12,7%. La obesidad fue significativamente mayor en niños que en niñas (14,8% vs. 10,8%. No se observaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas según IMC en el cumplimiento de las recomendaciones de práctica de actividad física ni uso de nuevas tecnologías. Los factores asociados a la obesidad en niños fueron asistir a escuela situada en barrios de nivel socioeconómico desfavorable [ORa=1,88 (1,35-2,63], pertenecer a familia inmigrante [ORa=1,57 (1,12- 2,20], no comer en el colegio [ORa=1,76 (1,20-2,59] y hacer alguna comida solo [ORa=1,95 (1,27-3,00]. En niñas fueron pertenecer a familia monoparental [ORa=1,58 (1,06-2,34] y familia inmigrante [ORa=1,53 (1,07-2,18]. Conclusiones: La prevalencia de obesidad infantil en Barcelona es alta. Es más frecuente en niños, siendo los determinantes sociales los factores asociados de mayor relevancia.

  18. Il vaso e i cocci. Note in margine a La llegenda del llibreter assassí de Barcelona

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    Francesco de Cristofaro

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Il contributo discute alcune questioni legate, in modo più o meno tangenziale, a La llegenda del llibreter assassí de Barcelona: dopo aver sottoposto il libro di Ramon Miquel i Planas alle domande, di metodo e di merito, presenti in un affine e più recente “giallo filologico” (il saggio di Alberto Varvaro sulla vicenda della baronessa di Carini, e dopo essersi interrogato circa il filone paraletterario delle cosiddette “Cause celebri” e circa una declinazione naturalista e straniante della letteratura processuale (il dittico di Galdós Realidad-Incógnita, il discorso si sposta su di un aspetto più prettamente storico-culturale e tematico quale l’intreccio fra bibliomania e cleptomania (soprattutto in Flaubert. L’articolo si conclude con una rapida ricognizione dei plagi letterari realizzati da Nodier, il presunto colpevole del falso da cui si diparte tutta la genealogia indagata da Miquel i Planas: un colpevole che, proprio mentre si macchia di molteplici crimini letterari, dedica loro un sofisticato trattato giurisprudenziale, in cui sistematizza e stigmatizza quegli stessi crimini This essay seeks to investigate tangentially some questions regarding La llegenda del llibreter assassí de Barcelona: after having analyzed the approaches, methods and strategies –that Alberto Varvaro has thoroughly examined in the essay on Baroness di Carini’s story–, and the literary quality achieved by Ramon Miquel i Planas in his work; and after having probed the paraliterary line of the so-called “famous trials” –mostly focusing on the naturalistic estrangement effect produced by literature works related to legal cases (e.g. the conventional diptych in Galdós’s Realidad-Incógnita–, the centre of attention shifts on the cultural, historical aspects of the bizarre relationship between kleptomania and bibliomania (especially in Flaubert. The article concludes with a swift overview of literary plagiarisms committed by Nodier, the

  19. Metalurgia medieval aplicada a la construcción. Las rejas góticas de la Catedral de Barcelona

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In the Barcelona Cathedral remain in use various contemporary bars of the original building. They are made with iron / steel and with decorative elements of copper alloy. Prior to the advances in quality and productivity innovations of the Catalan method of XVII century, it was considered of interest to identify the level of technological development applied by metallographic study. The analysis has consisted to obtain samples for observation in optical microscopy and SEM, micro durometer test and EDAX. Generically, the results show a suitable metal, with “soft iron” (hypoeutectoid steel quality, a use of welding layers and high corrosion resistance. The ornaments are made from bronze and brass, and they are malleable enough to enable the artistic detail and show obvious signs of reused metal.En la Catedral de Barcelona se mantienen en uso diversas rejas contemporáneas a la construcción gótica original, elaboradas con estructura de hierro o acero y apliques decorativos de aleación de cobre. Previas a los avances en calidad y productividad de las innovaciones del método catalán del s. XVII, se ha considerado de interés identificar el nivel tecnológico aplicado mediante su estudio metalográfico. El análisis ha consistido en la obtención de muestras para su observación en microscopía óptica y electrónica (SEM, microdurometría y microanálisis (EDAX. De forma genérica, los resultados evidencian un metal adecuado con su funcionalidad y pragmatismo de coste, con calidad de acero hipoeutectoide, utilización de soldadura por capas y singular resistencia a la corrosión. Los ornamentos, de bronce y latón, son suficientemente maleables para facilitar al máximo el detalle artístico y presentan indicios evidentes de reutilización.

  20. Neutrino Oscillation Studies with Reactors

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    2015-01-01

    Nuclear reactors are one of the most intense, pure, controllable, cost-effective, and well-understood sources of neutrinos. Reactors have played a major role in the study of neutrino oscillations, a phenomenon that indicates that neutrinos have mass and that neutrino flavors are quantum mechanical mixtures. Over the past several decades reactors were used in the discovery of neutrinos, were crucial in solving the solar neutrino puzzle, and allowed the determination of the smallest mixing angle $\\theta_{13}$. In the near future, reactors will help to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy and to solve the puzzling issue of sterile neutrinos.

  1. Modelo Barcelona y política cultural: usos y abusos de la cultura por parte de un modelo emprendedor de desarrollo local

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    Joaquim Rius

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El Modelo Barcelona de desarrollo local ha sido intensamente debatido· Desde su inicio en los años ochenta hasta la actualidad, diversos autores han analizado sus características como modelo, destacado sus éxitos y también sus puntos débiles. No obstante, menos atención ha recibido la relación que existe entre el modelo de desarrollo local y el modelo de política cultural, a pesar de que Barcelona también es internacionalmente conocida por su dinamismo cultural. De manera habitual, este modelo de política cultural ha sido interpretado como un instrumento en la agenda de desarrollo local. El presente artículo mostrará, a partir de análisis de diversos casos ejemplares, que la política cultural de Barcelona ha sido fuertemente condicionada por el modelo de desarrollo local y ha intentado responder, con múltiples incoherencias y contradicciones, a una potenciación endógena de la creatividad local. Sin embargo, en los últimos años dicha política cultural ha experimentado de manera creciente una instrumentalización para el desarrollo económico y su proyección internacional.

  2. La labor de Enric Granados en el proceso de la recepción de la música de Bach en Barcelona

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    Bonastre, Francesc

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available The musical personality of Enric Granados (1867-1916 includes many aspects, especially piano interpretation and symphonic, scenic, "liederistic" and piano composition, as well as pedagogy, together with the foundation of the Granados Academy (1900. He got to know Bach's music through Ch. W. Bériot in Paris and F. Pedrell in Barcelona. He spread Bach's music as a soloist, director and pedagogue, together with other important disciples of Pedrell: J. Albéniz, L. Millet and H. Angles. The article includes 14 concerts in Barcelona related to Granados (1895-1912.

    La personalidad musical de Enric Granados (1867-1916 comprende numerosas facetas, especialmente la interpretación pianística, la composición sinfónica, escénica, liederística y pianística, y la pedagogía, con la fundación de la Academia Granados (1900. Conoce la música de Bach a través de Ch. W. Bériot en París, y de F. Pedrell en Barcelona; se convierte en uno de los difusores de la música bachiana como concertista, director y pedagogo, al lado de otros destacados discípulos de Pedrell: I. Albéniz, L. Millet e H. Angles. El artículo recoge 14 conciertos barceloneses relacionados con Granados (1895-1912.

  3. EDITORIAL: Proceedings of the 7th International LISA Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, 16-20 June 2008 Proceedings of the 7th International LISA Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, 16-20 June 2008

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    Lobo, Alberto; Sopuerta, Carlos F.

    2009-05-01

    In June 2006 the LISA International Science Team (LIST) accepted the bid presented by the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) to host the 7th International LISA Symposium. This was during its 11th meeting at the University of Maryland, just before the 6th edition of the symposium started at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The 7th International LISA Symposium took place in the city of Barcelona, Spain, 16-20 June, 2008, in the premises of CosmoCaixa, a modern science museum located in the hills near Tibidabo. Almost 240 delegates registered for the event, a record breaking figure compared to previous editions of the symposium. Many of the most renowned world experts in LISA, gravitational wave science, and astronomy, as well as engineers, attended LISA #7 and produced state of the art presentations, while everybody benefited from the opportunity to have live discussions during the week in a friendly environment. The programme included 31 invited plenary lectures in the mornings, and eight parallel sessions in the afternoons. These were classified into seven major areas of research: LISA Technology, LISA PathFinder, LISA PathFinder Data Analysis, LISA Data Analysis, Gravitational Wave Sources, Cosmology and Fundamental Physics with LISA and Other Gravitational Wave Detectors. Abstracts for 138 communications were received, from which a selection was made by the session convenors which would fit time constraints. Up to 63 posters completed the scientific programme. More details on the programme, including some of the talks, can be found at the symposium website:http://www.ice.cat/research/LISA_Symposium. There was, however, a remarkable add-on: Professor Clifford Will delivered a startling presentation to the general public, who completely filled the Auditori—the main conference room, 320 seats—and were invited to ask questions to the speaker who boldly guided them through the daunting world of Black Holes, Waves of Gravity, and other Warped Ideas

  4. Perfil de la casuística hospitalaria de la población inmigrante en Barcelona Profile of the hospital case mix of the immigrant population in Barcelona, Spain

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: A pesar de que en los últimos 5 años la población inmigrante se ha triplicado en ciudades como Barcelona, hasta el momento no se ha evaluado de forma rigurosa el impacto de este colectivo en el sistema sanitario. El objetivo del presente estudio ha sido comparar el perfil de la hospitalización de la población inmigrante con la autóctona, desde el punto de vista de la casuística, gravedad, características demográficas y consumo de estancias. Material y métodos: Se han analizado las 15.057 altas del Hospital del Mar de Barcelona en el año 2000. Este hospital asiste el 60% de los ingresos hospitalarios del distrito de Ciutat Vella, distrito que presentaba en el año 2000 un porcentaje de inmigrantes residentes del 21%. Se han comparado las características sociodemográficas y de casuística de los pacientes en razón de ser o no inmigrantes. También se ha comparado el consumo de recursos hospitalarios teniendo en cuenta la edad, la casuística (grupos relacionados por el diagnóstico y la gravedad (severidad, complicaciones y comorbilidades de la patología atendida. Resultados: La población inmigrante ha presentado una casuística distinta de la autóctona por la marcada diferencia en la edad y por su mayor tasa de fecundidad. El 33% de los ingresos de inmigrantes han sido partos. El coste medio de las altas de inmigrantes de países de renta baja valorado en consumo de estancias hospitalarias, ha sido un 30% menor que el del resto de las altas. Una vez ajustadas la edad, la casuística y la severidad, el consumo de estancias hospitalarias en la población inmigrante ha sido significativamente menor. La diferencia se ha cifrado en un 5% cuando sólo se ha ajustado por patología y en un 10% cuando han sido considerados todos los factores. Conclusiones: Las diferencias en la casuística vienen marcadas por la edad y por las diferencias socioculturales. La pirámide de edad de la población hospitalaria inmigrante recompone

  5. Seawater intrusion barrier and artificial recharge in the deltaic Llobregat aquifer (Barcelona, Spain); La barrera hidraulica contra la intrusion marina y la recarga artificial en el acuifero del Llobregat (Barcelona, Espana)

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    Ortuno Gobern, F.; Ninerola Pla, J. M.; Armenter Ferrando, J. L.; Molinero Huguet, J.

    2009-07-01

    The main aquifer of the Llobregat Delta (Barcelona, Spain) is affected by seawater intrusion processes since 1970. The Catalan Water Agency is currently promoting several actions of enhanced aquifer recharge, including the construction of a positive hydraulic barrier in order to stop the advance of the seawater intrusion. Such a positive hydraulic barrier works by injecting reclaimed water in 14 wells. This is the first time that a project of this type is performed in Spain, and it is also pioneer in Europe. The positive hydraulic barrier produces the rise of the groundwater head near the coast and avoids seawater penetration inland. The injected reclaimed water comes from the WWTP of the Baix Llobregat after passing through several treatments (ultrafiltration, osmosis and disinfection). The pilot phase of the project has been working during the last 2 years, showing highly positive results. Substantial improvement of the groundwater quality has been observed in wells surrounding the injection points and no clogging has been appeared. The second phase of the project is currently under construction. (Author) 13 refs.

  6. FAST NEUTRONIC REACTOR

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    Snell, A.H.

    1957-12-01

    This patent relates to a reactor and process for carrying out a controlled fast neutron chain reaction. A cubical reactive mass, weighing at least 920 metric tons, of uranium metal containing predominantly U/sup 238/ and having a U/sup 235/ content of at least 7.63% is assembled and the maximum neutron reproduction ratio is limited to not substantially over 1.01 by insertion and removal of a varying amount of boron, the reactive mass being substantially freed of moderator.

  7. Biparticle fluidized bed reactor

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    Scott, C.D.

    1993-12-14

    A fluidized bed reactor system which utilizes a fluid phase, a retained fluidized primary particulate phase, and a migratory second particulate phase is described. The primary particulate phase is a particle such as a gel bead containing an immobilized biocatalyst. The secondary particulate phase, continuously introduced and removed in either cocurrent or countercurrent mode, acts in a secondary role such as a sorbent to continuously remove a product or by-product constituent from the fluid phase. Introduction and removal of the sorbent phase is accomplished through the use of feed screw mechanisms and multivane slurry valves. 3 figures.

  8. Licensed reactor nuclear safety criteria applicable to DOE reactors

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) Order DOE 5480.6, Safety of Department of Energy-Owned Nuclear Reactors, establishes reactor safety requirements to assure that reactors are sited, designed, constructed, modified, operated, maintained, and decommissioned in a manner that adequately protects health and safety and is in accordance with uniform standards, guides, and codes which are consistent with those applied to comparable licensed reactors. This document identifies nuclear safety criteria applied to NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) licensed reactors. The titles of the chapters and sections of USNRC Regulatory Guide 1.70, Standard Format and Content of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants, Rev. 3, are used as the format for compiling the NRC criteria applied to the various areas of nuclear safety addressed in a safety analysis report for a nuclear reactor. In each section the criteria are compiled in four groups: (1) Code of Federal Regulations, (2) US NRC Regulatory Guides, SRP Branch Technical Positions and Appendices, (3) Codes and Standards, and (4) Supplemental Information. The degree of application of these criteria to a DOE-owned reactor, consistent with their application to comparable licensed reactors, must be determined by the DOE and DOE contractor.

  9. Reactor Physics Analysis Models for a CANDU Reactor

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    Choi, Hang Bok

    2007-10-15

    Canada deuterium uranium (CANDU) reactor physics analysis is typically performed in three steps. At first, macroscopic cross-sections of the reference lattice is produced by modeling the reference fuel channel. Secondly macroscopic cross-sections of reactivity devices in the reactor are generated. The macroscopic cross-sections of a reactivity device are calculated as incremental cross-sections by subtracting macroscopic cross-sections of a three-dimensional lattice without reactivity device from those of a three-dimensional lattice with a reactivity device. Using the macroscopic cross-sections of the reference lattice and incremental cross-sections of the reactivity devices, reactor physics calculations are performed. This report summarizes input data of typical CANDU reactor physics codes, which can be utilized for the future CANDU reactor physics analysis.

  10. Do we need full mesoscale models to simulate the urban heat island? A study over the city of Barcelona.

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    García-Díez, Markel; Ballester, Joan; De Ridder, Koen; Hooyberghs, Hans; Lauwaet, Dirk; Rodó, Xavier

    2016-04-01

    As most of the population lives in urban environments, the simulation of the urban climate has become an important part of the global climate change impact assessment. However, due to the high resolution required, these simulations demand a large amount of computational resources. Here we present a comparison between a simplified fast urban climate model (UrbClim) and a widely used full mesoscale model, the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, over the city of Barcelona. In order to check the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, both simulations were compared with station data and with land surface temperature observations retrieved by satellites, focusing on the urban heat island. The effect of changing the UrbClim boundary conditions was studied too, by using low resolution global reanalysis data (70 km) and a higher resolution forecast model (15 km). Finally, a strict comparison of the computational resources consumed by both models was carried out. Results show that, generally, the performance of the simple model is comparable to or better than the mesoscale model. The exception are the winds and the day-to-day correlation in the reanalysis driven run, but these problems disappear when taking the boundary conditions from a higher resolution global model. UrbClim was found to run 133 times faster than WRF, using 4x times higher resolution and, thus, it is an efficient solution for running long climate change simulations over large city ensembles.

  11. Culturas y sensibilidades en la apreciación del paisaje: la primera imagen estampada de Barcelona

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    Agustín Hernando

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    Full Text Available Este artículo, de naturaleza metodológica, pretende ahondar en las miradas con las que construimos la información contenida en cualquier imagen gráfica. Aspira a hacerlo usando como ejemplo la primera representación estampada que conocemos de Barcelona (Civitates Orbis Terrarum 1572. Partiendo de los diversos contextos culturales establecidos -geográfico, artístico, histórico, documental, urbanístico…-, pretendemos mostrar cómo, coherentes con convicciones asumidas en cada uno de ellos, proyectamos unas miradas racionales, prestando atención a su morfología, atribuyendo un significado literal a las diversas manifestaciones que percibimos. Una legibilidad naturalista forjada y legitimada por el empirismo reinante en la ciencia. En cambio, desestimamos los significados metafóricos que evoca, calificados como meramente retóricos, ignorando mensajes subliminales de carácter cultural, social, estético o ideológico. Ser conscientes de las lecturas que ejercitamos y reparar en la existencia de otros mensajes depositados en la imagen -y en el paisaje- constituye una oferta metodológica brindada por la iconografía.

  12. Field evidence of social influence in the expression of political preferences: the case of secessionist flags in Barcelona

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    Parravano, Antonio; Tena, Jordi; Hermida, Paula

    2014-01-01

    Different models of social influence have explored the dynamics of social contagion, imitation, and diffusion of different types of traits, opinions, and conducts. However, few behavioral data indicating social influence dynamics have been obtained from direct observation in `natural' social contexts. The present research provides that kind of evidence in the case of the public expression of political preferences in the city of Barcelona, where thousands of citizens supporting the secession of Catalonia from Spain have placed a Catalan flag in their balconies. We present two different studies. 1) In July 2013 we registered the number of flags in 26% of the the city. We find that there is a large dispersion in the density of flags in districts with similar density of pro-independence voters. However, we find that the density of flags tends to be fostered in those electoral district where there is a clear majority of pro-independence vote, while it is inhibited in the opposite cases. 2) During 17 days around Ca...

  13. Lead exposure in the general population of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Blood levels and related factors

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    Sole, E. [Pediatrics Service, Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova, Lleida (Spain); Ballabriga, A.; Dominguez, C. [Centre d`Investigacions en Bioquimica y Biologia Molecular, Vall d`Hebron Hospitals, School of Medicine, Pediatrics Department, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)

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    A cross-sectional was conducted on 254 individuals not occupationally exposed to lead to determine the degree of lead exposure in the general population of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Blood lead levels (BPb) were analysed by atomic absorption spectrophotometry and zinc protoporphyrin (ZPP) by haemofluorimetry. Blood lead levels were analysed with respect to individuals` age, sex, area of residence, the season of the year the blood was drawn and ZPP. Mean blood lead in our series was 0.22{+-}0.011 {mu}mol/l (mean{+-}S.E.); no significant differences were found with respect to area of residence, sex or season. A linear relationship was observed between BPb and individuals` age (BPb=0.08+0.05xage; r=0.37). The prevalence of lead intoxication (BPb>0.48 {mu}mol/l) was 7.1%. No linear relationship was observed between BPb and ZPP. ZPP determination does not appear to be a good screening method for lead intoxication since it presents low specificity and sensitivity values with an area below the ROC curve similar to the null value line (area below the curve=0.5052, IC 95%=0.443-0.568). We conclude that lead exposure does not constitute a serious health problem in the area studied, since BPb levels found are far below the toxic limit and the prevalence of intoxication is similar to that reported in other studies conducted in other developed countries

  14. Prospective study of asbestos-related diseases incidence cases in primary health care in an area of Barcelona province

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    2010-01-01

    Background Asbestos related diseases include a number of conditions due to inhalation of asbestos fibres at work, at home or in the environment, such as pleural mesothelioma, asbestosis and calcified pleural plaques. Few epidemiological studies have established the incidence of asbestos related diseases in our area. The present proposal is based on a retrospective study externally funded in 2005 that is currently taking place in the same area and largely carried out by the same research team. The aim of the study is to achieve a comprehensive and coordinated detection of all new cases of Asbestos Related Diseases presenting to primary care practitioners. Methods/design This is a multicentre, multidisciplinary and pluri-institutional prospective study. Setting 12 municipalities in the Barcelona province within the catchment area of the health facilities that participate in the study. Sample This is a population based study, of all patients presenting with diseases caused by asbestos in the study area. Measurements A clinical and epidemiological questionnaire will be filled in by the trained researchers after interviewing the patients and examining their clinical reports. Discussion Data on the incidence of the different Asbestos Related Diseases in this area will be obtained and the most plausible exposure source and space-time-patient profile will be described. The study will also improve the standardization of patient management, the coordination between health care institutions and the development of preventive activities related with asbestos exposure and disease. PMID:20412567

  15. Food-borne zoonotic pathogens and antimicrobial resistance of indicator bacteria in urban wild boars in Barcelona, Spain.

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    Navarro-Gonzalez, Nora; Casas-Díaz, Encarna; Porrero, Concepción M; Mateos, Ana; Domínguez, Lucas; Lavín, Santiago; Serrano, Emmanuel

    2013-12-27

    Wildlife is increasingly abundant in urban environments, but little is known about the zoonotic pathogens carried by these populations. Urban wild boars are of particular concern because this species is well-known as a pathogen reservoir, and thus, we studied selected zoonotic pathogens in urban wild boars in Barcelona, Spain (n=41). Salmonella enterica was found in 5.00% (95% CI 0.61-16.91) and Campylobacter coli in 4.88% (95% CI 0.6-16.53) of the animals. E. coli O157:H7 and C. jejuni were not found. Other thermophilic Campylobacter were moderately prevalent (19.51%, 95% CI 8.82-34.87). Additionally, we screened for antimicrobial resistance in indicator bacteria: resistance was most frequent in Enterococcus faecium (95% of the isolates were resistant to at least one antimicrobial agent), followed by Enterococcus faecalis (50%) and Escherichia coli (10%). For the first time resistance to linezolid in bacteria carried by wildlife is reported. These findings pose a concern for public health, and thus, further research is needed on wildlife in urban environments.

  16. Assessing visitor satisfaction with a pioneering agritourism project: vegetable tourism in the Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat (Barcelona

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    Valerià Paül Carril

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Entre los principales cambios que se han producido en el sector turístico en los últimos años, de mención especial ha sido la aparición constante de nuevos productos que buscan satisfacer las necesidades de los turistas más exigentes. Un buen ejemplo de ello es el agroturismo, en el que el turista participa en las actividades típicas de una explotación agraria. Este estudio se centra en una variante reciente de este tipo de turismo, conocida como holeriturismo. En concreto, el análisis se lleva a cabo en un proyecto pionero en España en un parque agrario: el Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat (Barcelona. Con base a la información obtenida de una encuesta realizada en el propio Parqu , se analiza el grado de satisfacción de los visitantes con las diversas actividades que experimentan. A través del uso de métodos estadísticos no paramétricos, el estudio busca determinar si el perfil sociodemográfico de los visitantes, y su conocimiento del concepto de turismo de verduras tienen un impacto significativo en sus valoraciones.

  17. EL TALLER DE MARQUETERIA J. SAGARRA DE BARCELONA (1833-2003 HISTORIA DE UNA SAGA DE ARTESANOS

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    Pilar Soler García

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta el recorrido vital y profesional de la saga barcelonesa de los Sagarra y del taller familiar, que inició su actividad el año 1833 y que ha pervivido a lo largo de 170 años en el barrio del "Raval" de la ciudad 130 de los cuales, aproximadamente, dedicados a la realización de marqueteria artesana, hasta su cierre el año 2003. El interés por este taller familiar radica en el hecho que el largo período de existencia permite acercarse al estudio de la evolución del mismo y las relaciones que se establecen entre arte, artesanía e industria. Al mismo tiempo la evolución de dicho taller puede servir de paradigma a otros oficios, que como éste han ido declinando y de algunos que incluso han desapaarecido. El análisis se basa en la documentación referente a esta empresa recogida en el Gremio de Tenderos Revendedores de la Ciudad de Barcelona de la Cofradía de San Miguel Arcángel y en la documentación gráfica que ha conservado el archivo de J. Sagarra

  18. [PELFI Project: Recruitment and Sociodemographic Characteristics of Immigrant and Autochthonous Families from Alicante and Barcelona City Subcohorts].

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    Cayuela-Mateo, Ana; Martínez-Martínez, José Miguel; Ferrer Serret, Laia; Felt, Emily; Casabona I Barbarà, Jordi; Collazos Sanchez, Francisco; Ronda-Pérez, Elena

    2017-02-09

    This study is a part of the multi-centre project "Platform of Longitudinal Studies of Immigrant Families (PELFI)" of the Immigration and Health Subprogram of the CIBER-ESP. It describes the field work and data collection of two sub-cohorts of immigrant and native families, and their main socio-demographic characteristics. Prospective observational cohort study in carried out in Barcelona and Alicante, Spain. The study population is a a non-probabilistic sample of 180 families of Colombian, Ecuadorian and Moroccan origin and 50 families of Spanish origin. We interviewed adults aged 18-65 years and adolescents aged 12-17 years in each family, through two questionnaires (adolescent/adult). The cooperation rate was 82.0% with an average recruitment rate of 1.3 families per day. In total, 250 families have been recruited, 82 from Ecuador, 82 from Colombia, 29 from Morocco and 57 from Spain. A total of 473 adults (59.8% women and 68.5% employed) were surveyed. Immigrant adults have an average of 13 years living in Spain. A total of 304 adolescents (53.9% female, 27.1% born in Spain but with immigrant parents) were surveyed. The combination of non-probabilistic techniques promoted access and improved recruitment speed. This study provides key information for the design and improvement of cohort studies with immigrant families.

  19. Antropologia ao acaso dos encontros: experimentações com alguns colombianos em São Paulo e Barcelona

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    Rafael Estrada Mejía

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    O presente artigo propõe como via de acesso à alteridade o conceito de encontro  (occursus, lapidado e polido  por Baruch Spinoza e resgatado recentemente por Gilles Deleuze. Procuro fugir do trilhado discurso da identidade e sua tediosa pretensão hermenêutica,  para tentar me aproximar de um pensamento que libera o acontecimento de seus grandes inimigos: o eu, o mundo e Deus. A partir de uma prática etnográfica, realizada entre 2007 e 2008 com colombianos em São Paulo e Barcelona, retrato alguns dos encontros que implicaram me adentrar em múltiplos devenires: estrangeiros, imigrantes, indocumentados, exilados, refugiados, místicos, agnósticos, militantes políticos, latinos, hispânicos, sul-americanos, sudacas, guerrilheiros, paramilitares, etc.

  20. Managing the identification of the mortal victims run over by a train in the Castelldefels railway accident (Barcelona).

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    Barbería, Eneko; Martin-Fumadó, Carles; Galtés, Ignasi; Subirana-Domenech, Mercé; Puigbarraca-Sol, Lourdes; Vidal-Gutiérrez, Claudina; Valverde-Villarreal, Juan Luis; Castellà-García, Josep; Medallo-Muñiz, Jordi

    2015-09-01

    The identification of disaster victims is the formal, organized process of identifying multiple bodies after an incident with multiple victims. The appropriate management of these incidents, particularly of the bodies, is one of the most crucial aspects of disaster response and its importance has led to the evolution of the concept of Disaster Victim Management. The aim of this study is to report how the process of identifying the 12 mortal victims of a railway accident in June 2010 in Castelldefels (Barcelona) was managed. The methodology used complied with the National Protocol for medical forensic and scientific police response to mass casualty incidents. The family assistance center also served as an ante mortem (AM) office. Despite the fragmentation of the bodies, all the victims were identified satisfactorily. The main problems observed during the management of the disaster were due to the state of the bodies, which raised many doubts as to the number of fatalities. The experience prompted a proposal to establish some recommendations on limiting the number of fragments to be analyzed genetically. We would like to stress the importance of setting up a Data Integration Center which brought together all the participating institutions, and collected and supervised all the different identification reports in a single comprehensive text addressed to the competent legal authority.

  1. Brookhaven leak reactor to close

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    MacIlwain, C

    1999-01-01

    The DOE has announced that the High Flux Beam Reactor at Brookhaven is to close for good. Though the news was not unexpected researchers were angry the decision had been taken before the review to assess the impact of reopening the reactor had been concluded (1 page).

  2. Thermochemical reactor systems and methods

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    Lipinski, Wojciech; Davidson, Jane Holloway; Chase, Thomas Richard

    2016-11-29

    Thermochemical reactor systems that may be used to produce a fuel, and methods of using the thermochemical reactor systems, utilizing a reactive cylindrical element, an optional energy transfer cylindrical element, an inlet gas management system, and an outlet gas management system.

  3. Chemical-vapor-deposition reactor

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    Chern, S.

    1979-01-01

    Reactor utilizes multiple stacked trays compactly arranged in paths of horizontally channeled reactant gas streams. Design allows faster and more efficient deposits of film on substrates, and reduces gas and energy consumption. Lack of dead spots that trap reactive gases reduces reactor purge time.

  4. Antineutrino Monitoring of Thorium Reactors

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    Akindele, Oluwatomi A; Norman, Eric B

    2015-01-01

    Various groups have demonstrated that antineutrino monitoring can be successful in assessing the plutonium content in water-cooled nuclear reactors for nonproliferation applications. New reactor designs and concepts incorporate nontraditional fuels types and chemistry. Understanding how these properties affect the antineutrino emission from a reactor can extend the applicability of antineutrino monitoring.Thorium molten salt reactors (MSR) breed U-233, that if diverted constitute an IAEA direct use material. The antineutrino spectrum from the fission of U-233 has been determined, the feasibility of detecting the diversion of a significant quantity, 8 kg of U-233, within the IAEA timeliness goal of 30 days has been evaluated. The antineutrino emission from a thorium reactor operating under normal conditions is compared to a diversion scenario at a 25 meter standoff by evaluating the daily antineutrino count rate and the energy spectrum of the detected antineutrinos. It was found that the diversion of a signifi...

  5. Engineering reactors for catalytic reactions

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    Vivek V Ranade

    2014-03-01

    Catalytic reactions are ubiquitous in chemical and allied industries. A homogeneous or heterogeneous catalyst which provides an alternative route of reaction with lower activation energy and better control on selectivity can make substantial impact on process viability and economics. Extensive studies have been conducted to establish sound basis for design and engineering of reactors for practising such catalytic reactions and for realizing improvements in reactor performance. In this article, application of recent (and not so recent) developments in engineering reactors for catalytic reactions is discussed. Some examples where performance enhancement was realized by catalyst design, appropriate choice of reactor, better injection and dispersion strategies and recent advances in process intensification/ multifunctional reactors are discussed to illustrate the approach.

  6. Unsteady processes in catalytic reactors

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    Matros, Yu.Sh.

    1985-01-01

    In recent years a realization has occurred that reaction and reactor dynamics must be considered when designing and operating catalytic reactors. In this book, the author has focussed on both the processes occurring on individual porous-catalyst particles as well as the phenomena displayed by collections of these particles in fixed-bed reactors. The major topics discussed include the effects of unsteady-state heat and mass transfer, the influence of inhomogeneities and stagnant regions in fixed beds, and reactor operation during forced cycling of operating conditions. Despite the title of the book, attention is also paid to the determination of the number and stability of fixed-bed steady states, with the aim of describing the possibility of controlling reactors at unstable steady states. However, this development is somewhat dated, given the recent literature on multiplicity phenomena and process control.

  7. A model of reactor kinetics

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    Thompson, A.S.; Thompson, B.R.

    1988-09-01

    The analytical model of nuclear reactor transients, incorporating both mechanical and nuclear effects, simulates reactor kinetics. Linear analysis shows the stability borderline for small power perturbations. In a stable system, initial power disturbances die out with time. With an unstable combination of nuclear and mechanical characteristics, initial disturbances persist and may increase with time. With large instability, oscillations of great magnitude occur. Stability requirements set limits on the power density at which particular reactors can operate. The limiting power density depends largely on the product of two terms: the fraction of delayed neutrons and the frictional damping of vibratory motion in reactor core components. As the fraction of delayed neutrons is essentially fixed, mechanical damping largely determines the maximum power density. A computer program, based on the analytical model, calculates and plots reactor power as a nonlinear function of time in response to assigned values of mechanical and nuclear characteristics.

  8. Metallic fuels for advanced reactors

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    Carmack, W. J.; Porter, D. L.; Chang, Y. I.; Hayes, S. L.; Meyer, M. K.; Burkes, D. E.; Lee, C. B.; Mizuno, T.; Delage, F.; Somers, J.

    2009-07-01

    In the framework of the Generation IV Sodium Fast Reactor Program, the Advanced Fuel Project has conducted an evaluation of the available fuel systems supporting future sodium cooled fast reactors. This paper presents an evaluation of metallic alloy fuels. Early US fast reactor developers originally favored metal alloy fuel due to its high fissile density and compatibility with sodium. The goal of fast reactor fuel development programs is to develop and qualify a nuclear fuel system that performs all of the functions of a conventional fast spectrum nuclear fuel while destroying recycled actinides. This will provide a mechanism for closure of the nuclear fuel cycle. Metal fuels are candidates for this application, based on documented performance of metallic fast reactor fuels and the early results of tests currently being conducted in US and international transmutation fuel development programs.

  9. Neutrino Experiments at Reactors

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    Reines, F.; Gurr, H. S.; Jenkins, T. L.; Munsee, J. H.

    1968-09-09

    A description is given of the electron-antineutrino program using a large fission reactor. A search has been made for a neutral weak interaction via the reaction (electron antineutrino + d .> p + n + electron antineutrino), the reaction (electron antineutrino + d .> n + n + e{sup +}) has now been detected, and an effort is underway to observe the elastic scattering reaction (electron antineutrino + e{sup -} .> electron antineutrino + e{sup -}) as well as to measure more precisely the reaction (electron antineutrino + p .> n + e{sup+}). The upper limit on the elastic scattering reaction which we have obtained with our large composite NaI, plastic, liquid scintillation detector is now about 50 times the predicted value.

  10. Neutronic Reactor Shield

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    Fermi, Enrico; Zinn, Walter H.

    The argument of the present Patent is a radiation shield suitable for protection of personnel from both gamma rays and neutrons. Such a shield from dangerous radiations is achieved to the best by the combined action of a neutron slowing material (a moderator) and a neutron absorbing material. Hydrogen is particularly effective for this shield since it is a good absorber of slow neutrons and a good moderator of fast neutrons. The neutrons slowed down by hydrogen may, then, be absorbed by other materials such as boron, cadmium, gadolinium, samarium or steel. Steel is particularly convenient for the purpose, given its effectiveness in absorbing also the gamma rays from the reactor (both primary gamma rays and secondary ones produced by the moderation of neutrons). In particular, in the present Patent a shield is described, made of alternate layers of steel and Masonite (an hydrolized ligno-cellulose material). The object of the present Patent is not discussed in any other published paper.

  11. Licensed reactor nuclear safety criteria applicable to DOE reactors

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    1993-11-01

    This document is a compilation and source list of nuclear safety criteria that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) applies to licensed reactors; it can be used by DOE and DOE contractors to identify NRC criteria to be evaluated for application to the DOE reactors under their cognizance. The criteria listed are those that are applied to the areas of nuclear safety addressed in the safety analysis report of a licensed reactor. They are derived from federal regulations, USNRC regulatory guides, Standard Review Plan (SRP) branch technical positions and appendices, and industry codes and standards.

  12. Reactor service life extension program

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    Caskey, G.R.; Sindelar, R.L.; Ondrejcin, R.S.; Baumann, E.W.

    1990-12-31

    A review of the Savannah River Site production reactor systems was initiated in 1980 and led to implementation of the Reactor Materials Program in 1984 to assess reactor safety and reactor service life. The program evaluated performance of the reactor tanks, primary coolant piping, and thermal shields, components of welded construction that were fabricated from Type 304 stainless steel. The structural integrity analysis of the primary coolant system has shown that the pressure boundary is not susceptible to gross rupture, including a double ended guillotine break or equivalent large area bank. Residual service life is potentially limited by two material degradation modes, irradiation damage and intergranular stress corrosion cracking. Analysis of the structural integrity of the tanks and piping has shown that continued safe operation of the reactors for several additional decades is not limited by the material performance of the primary coolant system. Although irradiation damage has not degraded material behavior to an unacceptable level, past experience has revealed serious difficulties with repair welding on irradiated stainless steel. Stress corrosion can be mitigated by newly identified limits on impurity concentrations in the coolant water and by stress mitigation of weld residual stresses. Work continues in several areas: the effects of helium on mechanical behavior of irradiated stainless steel; improved weld methods for piping and the reactor tanks; and a surveillance program to track irradiation effects on the tank walls.

  13. Reactor service life extension program

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    Caskey, G.R.; Sindelar, R.L.; Ondrejcin, R.S.; Baumann, E.W.

    1990-01-01

    A review of the Savannah River Site production reactor systems was initiated in 1980 and led to implementation of the Reactor Materials Program in 1984 to assess reactor safety and reactor service life. The program evaluated performance of the reactor tanks, primary coolant piping, and thermal shields, components of welded construction that were fabricated from Type 304 stainless steel. The structural integrity analysis of the primary coolant system has shown that the pressure boundary is not susceptible to gross rupture, including a double ended guillotine break or equivalent large area bank. Residual service life is potentially limited by two material degradation modes, irradiation damage and intergranular stress corrosion cracking. Analysis of the structural integrity of the tanks and piping has shown that continued safe operation of the reactors for several additional decades is not limited by the material performance of the primary coolant system. Although irradiation damage has not degraded material behavior to an unacceptable level, past experience has revealed serious difficulties with repair welding on irradiated stainless steel. Stress corrosion can be mitigated by newly identified limits on impurity concentrations in the coolant water and by stress mitigation of weld residual stresses. Work continues in several areas: the effects of helium on mechanical behavior of irradiated stainless steel; improved weld methods for piping and the reactor tanks; and a surveillance program to track irradiation effects on the tank walls.

  14. Assessment of torsatrons as reactors

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    Lyon, J.F. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Painter, S.L. (Australian National Univ., Canberra, ACT (Australia))

    1992-12-01

    Stellarators have significant operational advantages over tokamaks as ignited steady-state reactors because stellarators have no dangerous disruptions and no need for continuous current drive or power recirculated to the plasma, both easing the first wall, blanket, and shield design; less severe constraints on the plasma parameters and profiles; and better access for maintenance. This study shows that a reactor based on the torsatron configuration (a stellarator variant) could also have up to double the mass utilization efficiency (MUE) and a significantly lower cost of electricity (COE) than a conventional tokamak reactor (ARIES-I) for a range of assumptions. Torsatron reactors can have much smaller coil systems than tokamak reactors because the coils are closer to the plasma and they have a smaller cross section (higher average current density because of the lower magnetic field). The reactor optimization approach and the costing and component models are those used in the current stage of the ARIES-I tokamak reactor study. Typical reactor parameters for a 1-GW(e) Compact Torsatron reactor example are major radius R[sub 0] = 6.6-8.8 m, on-axis magnetic field B[sup 0] = 4.8-7.5 T, B[sub max] (on coils) = 16 T, MUE 140-210 kW(e)/tonne, and COE (in constant 1990 dollars) = 67-79 mill/kW(e)h. The results are relatively sensitive to assumptions on the level of confinement improvement and the blanket thickness under the inboard half of the helical windings but relatively insensitive to other assumptions.

  15. Programa de restauración de áreas periurbanas, 1994-2002 en Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona

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    Fogue i Moya, Antoni P.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available San la Coloma de Gramenet is a municipality of 125.000 inhabitants located within the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, well on its way lo sustainability: Between the fifties and the seventies a heavy wave of immigration led lo largely unplanned urban growth . This had serious impact on the surrounding natural area, where there are still spaces preserving a certain ecological value in spite of the high human pressure and pollution by solid wastes. In 1994 the City Council se t up the Sub urban Restoration Programme under taken by five successive Vocational Training centres which succesfully achieved the following goals: , The ecological restoration often sites in urban fringe areas (former uncontrolled waste tips or other degraded areas and its transformation in leisure areas for the population, carefully designed in order lo minimise their environmental impact and costs of works and maintenance. , The work training in environmentally-related professions of 215 young unemployed people of ages between 16 and 25. achieving an index of later labour insertion of 60%. , The participation of neighbourhoods civic organisations, thus improving the relationship citizens-environment, towards the ecological sustainability: Previous altitudes that had led to the degradation of the areas underwent positive change. From 1924 lo 2002 this experience has been enhanced by the adoption 01 Local Agenda 21 (approved in 1999 with the consensus of more than 80 civic organisations and the participation of the European Commission through the economic instrument LIFE (200 1.Santa Coloma de Gramenet es una ciudad de 125.000 habitantes del área metropolitana de Barcelona que ha iniciado el camino hacia la sostenibilidad. El crecimiento urbanístico no planificado. debido a la inmigración entre los años 50 y 70. provocó un fuerte impacto sobre la zona natural colindante. que aún conserva valores ecológicos a pesar de la presión antrópica y la contaminación por

  16. Perfil de la casuística hospitalaria de la población inmigrante en Barcelona

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    Cots F.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: A pesar de que en los últimos 5 años la población inmigrante se ha triplicado en ciudades como Barcelona, hasta el momento no se ha evaluado de forma rigurosa el impacto de este colectivo en el sistema sanitario. El objetivo del presente estudio ha sido comparar el perfil de la hospitalización de la población inmigrante con la autóctona, desde el punto de vista de la casuística, gravedad, características demográficas y consumo de estancias. Material y métodos: Se han analizado las 15.057 altas del Hospital del Mar de Barcelona en el año 2000. Este hospital asiste el 60% de los ingresos hospitalarios del distrito de Ciutat Vella, distrito que presentaba en el año 2000 un porcentaje de inmigrantes residentes del 21%. Se han comparado las características sociodemográficas y de casuística de los pacientes en razón de ser o no inmigrantes. También se ha comparado el consumo de recursos hospitalarios teniendo en cuenta la edad, la casuística (grupos relacionados por el diagnóstico y la gravedad (severidad, complicaciones y comorbilidades de la patología atendida. Resultados: La población inmigrante ha presentado una casuística distinta de la autóctona por la marcada diferencia en la edad y por su mayor tasa de fecundidad. El 33% de los ingresos de inmigrantes han sido partos. El coste medio de las altas de inmigrantes de países de renta baja valorado en consumo de estancias hospitalarias, ha sido un 30% menor que el del resto de las altas. Una vez ajustadas la edad, la casuística y la severidad, el consumo de estancias hospitalarias en la población inmigrante ha sido significativamente menor. La diferencia se ha cifrado en un 5% cuando sólo se ha ajustado por patología y en un 10% cuando han sido considerados todos los factores. Conclusiones: Las diferencias en la casuística vienen marcadas por la edad y por las diferencias socioculturales. La pirámide de edad de la población hospitalaria inmigrante recompone

  17. Variability of knapping methods and technological change in the Middle Palaeolithic of the Abric Romani (Capellades, Barcelona

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    Vaquero, Manuel

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Lithic reduction sequences are a fundamental topic in palaeolithic research, since they provide data on the behavioural capabilities of early hominids. This paper studies the variability of lithic reduction strategies in the Abric Romaní (Capellades, Barcelona. This site has an extensive stratigraphic sequence, dated between 40 and 70 ka BP. In this sequence, mostly formed by travertine deposits, 27 archaeological levels have been identified, most of them corresponding to the Middle Palaeolithic. The Middle Palaeolithic levels so far excavated (B-L are dated between 40 and 52 ka BP, and suggest a reconstruction of the behavioural patterns of the Neanderthal groups preceding the early Upper Palaeolithic. The variability of the reduction sequences in a synchronous level and the changes over time are presented in the framework of the operative field concept. The results suggest that the technological changes in the Middle Palaeolithic can be explained by technical criteria that are reflected in different domains of analysis; these criteria are related to the degree of technical knowledge invested in lithic production and the range of technical options envisaged in each archaeological level.

    Las secuencias de talla lítica constituyen un tema fundamental en la investigación del Paleolítico, ya que proporcionan datos sobre las capacidades conductuales de los primeros homínidos. Este artículo estudia la variabilidad de las estrategias de talla en el Abric Romaní (Capellades, Barcelona, yacimiento que cuenta con una amplia secuencia estratigráfica datada entre los 40 y los 70 ka BP. En dicha secuencia, formada en su mayor parte por depósitos travertínicos, se han reconocido 27 niveles de ocupación, la mayor parte de los cuales atribuidos al Paleolítico Medio. Los niveles del Paleolítico Medio excavados hasta el momento (B-L, datados entre los 40 y los 52 ka BP, han permitido una reconstrucción de los patrones conductuales de los

  18. Concept for LEU Burst Reactor

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    Klein, Steven Karl [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Kimpland, Robert Herbert [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-03-07

    Design and performance of a proposed LEU burst reactor are sketched. Salient conclusions reached are the following: size would be ~1,500 kg or greater, depending on the size of the central cavity; internal stresses during burst require split rings for relief; the reactor would likely require multiple control and safety rods for fine control; the energy spectrum would be comparable to that of HEU machines; and burst yields and steady-state power levels will be significantly greater in an LEU reactor.

  19. Nuclear reactor downcomer flow deflector

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    Gilmore, Charles B. (Greensburg, PA); Altman, David A. (Pittsburgh, PA); Singleton, Norman R. (Murrysville, PA)

    2011-02-15

    A nuclear reactor having a coolant flow deflector secured to a reactor core barrel in line with a coolant inlet nozzle. The flow deflector redirects incoming coolant down an annulus between the core barrel and the reactor vessel. The deflector has a main body with a front side facing the fluid inlet nozzle and a rear side facing the core barrel. The rear side of the main body has at least one protrusion secured to the core barrel so that a gap exists between the rear side of the main body adjacent the protrusion and the core barrel. Preferably, the protrusion is a relief that circumscribes the rear side of the main body.

  20. Safety of VVER-440 reactors

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    Slugen, Vladimir

    2011-01-01

    Safety of VVER-440 Reactors endeavours to promote an increase in the safety of VVER-440 nuclear reactors via the improvement of fission products limitation systems and the implementation of special non-destructive spectroscopic methods for materials testing. All theoretical and experimental studies performed the by author over the last 25 years have been undertaken with the aim of improving VVER-440 defence in depth, which is one of the most important principle for ensuring safety in nuclear power plants. Safety of VVER-440 Reactors is focused on the barrier system through which the safety pri

  1. Random processes in nuclear reactors

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    Williams, M M R

    1974-01-01

    Random Processes in Nuclear Reactors describes the problems that a nuclear engineer may meet which involve random fluctuations and sets out in detail how they may be interpreted in terms of various models of the reactor system. Chapters set out to discuss topics on the origins of random processes and sources; the general technique to zero-power problems and bring out the basic effect of fission, and fluctuations in the lifetime of neutrons, on the measured response; the interpretation of power reactor noise; and associated problems connected with mechanical, hydraulic and thermal noise sources

  2. Fuel Fabrication and Nuclear Reactors

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    Karpius, Peter Joseph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-02-02

    The uranium from the enrichment plant is still in the form of UF6. UF6 is not suitable for use in a reactor due to its highly corrosive chemistry as well as its phase diagram. UF6 is converted into UO2 fuel pellets, which are in turn placed in fuel rods and assemblies. Reactor designs are variable in moderators, coolants, fuel, performance etc.The dream of energy ‘too-cheap to meter’ is no more, and now the nuclear power industry is pushing ahead with advanced reactor designs.

  3. Chagas disease among the Latin American adult population attending in a primary care center in Barcelona, Spain.

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    Carme Roca

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND/AIMS: The epidemiology of Chagas disease, until recently confined to areas of continental Latin America, has undergone considerable changes in recent decades due to migration to other parts of the world, including Spain. We studied the prevalence of Chagas disease in Latin American patients treated at a health center in Barcelona and evaluated its clinical phase. We make some recommendations for screening for the disease. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We performed an observational, cross-sectional prevalence study by means of an immunochromatographic test screening of all continental Latin American patients over the age of 14 years visiting the health centre from October 2007 to October 2009. The diagnosis was confirmed by serological methods: conventional in-house ELISA (cELISA, a commercial kit (rELISA and ELISA using T cruzi lysate (Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (oELISA. Of 766 patients studied, 22 were diagnosed with T. cruzi infection, showing a prevalence of 2.87% (95% CI, 1.6-4.12%. Of the infected patients, 45.45% men and 54.55% women, 21 were from Bolivia, showing a prevalence in the Bolivian subgroup (n=127 of 16.53% (95% CI, 9.6-23.39%. ALL THE INFECTED PATIENTS WERE IN A CHRONIC PHASE OF CHAGAS DISEASE: 81% with the indeterminate form, 9.5% with the cardiac form and 9.5% with the cardiodigestive form. All patients infected with T. cruzi had heard of Chagas disease in their country of origin, 82% knew someone affected, and 77% had a significant history of living in adobe houses in rural areas. CONCLUSIONS: We found a high prevalence of T. cruzi infection in immigrants from Bolivia. Detection of T. cruzi-infected persons by screening programs in non-endemic countries would control non-vectorial transmission and would benefit the persons affected, public health and national health systems.

  4. Implementation of the Barcelona Basic Model into TOUGH-FLAC for simulations of the geomechanical behavior of unsaturated soils

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    Rutqvist, J.; Ijiri, Y.; Yamamoto, H.

    2010-06-01

    This paper presents the implementation of the Barcelona Basic Model (BBM) into the TOUGH-FLAC simulator analyzing the geomechanical behavior of unsaturated soils. We implemented the BBM into TOUGH-FLAC by (1) extending an existing FLAC{sup 3D} module for the Modified Cam-Clay (MCC) model in FLAC{sup 3D} and (2) adding computational routines for suction-dependent strain and net stress (i.e., total stress minus gas pressure) for unsaturated soils. We implemented a thermo-elasto-plastic version of the BBM, wherein the soil strength depends on both suction and temperature. The implementation of the BBM into TOUGH-FLAC was verified and tested against several published numerical model simulations and laboratory experiments involving the coupled thermal-hydrological-mechanical (THM) behavior of unsaturated soils. The simulation tests included modeling the mechanical behavior of bentonite-sand mixtures, which are being considered as back-fill and buffer materials for geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel. We also tested and demonstrated the use of the BBM and TOUGH-FLAC for a problem involving the coupled THM processes within a bentonite-backfilled nuclear waste emplacement tunnel. The simulation results indicated complex geomechanical behavior of the bentonite backfill, including a nonuniform distribution of buffer porosity and density that could not be captured in an alternative, simplified, linear-elastic swelling model. As a result of the work presented in this paper, TOUGH-FLAC with BBM is now fully operational and ready to be applied to problems associated with nuclear waste disposal in bentonite-backfilled tunnels, as well as other scientific and engineering problems related to the mechanical behavior of unsaturated soils.

  5. Survival rates according to barcelona clinic liver cancersub-staging system after transarterial embolization forintermediate hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Leandro Armani Scaffaro; Steffan Frosi Stella; Mario Reis Alvares-Da-Silva; Cleber Dario Pinto Kruel

    2015-01-01

    AIM To investigate the survival rates after transarterialembolization (TAE).METHODS: One hundred third six hepatocellularcarcinoma (HCC) patients [90 barcelona clinic livercancer (BCLC) B] were submitted to TAE betweenAugust 2008 and December 2013 in a single centerwere retrospectively studied. TAE was performed viasuperselective catheterization followed by embolizationwith polyvinyl alcohol or microspheres. The date of thefirst embolization until death or the last follow-up datewas used for the assessment of survival. The survivalrates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method,and the groups were compared using the log-rank test.RESULTS: The overall mean survival was 35.8 mo(95%CI: 25.1-52.0). The survival rates of the BCLC Apatients (33.7%) were 98.9%, 79.0% and 58.0% at12, 24 and 36 mo, respectively, and the mean survivalwas 38.1 mo (95%CI: 27.5-52.0). The survival rates ofthe BCLC B patients (66.2%) were 89.0%, 69.0% and49.5% at 12, 24 and 36 mo, respectively, and the meansurvival was 29.0 mo (95%CI: 17.2-34). The survivalrates according to the BCLC B sub-staging showedsignificant differences between the groups, with meansurvival rates in the B1, B2, B3 and B4 groups of 33.5mo (95%CI: 32.8-34.3), 28.6 mo (95%CI: 27.5-29.8),19.0 mo (95%CI: 17.2-20.9) and 13 mo, respectively (P= 0.013).CONCLUSION: The BCLC sub-staging systemcould add additional prognosis information for postembolizationsurvival rates in HCC patients.

  6. Los barrrios artísticos como base local de la cultura global. El caso del Raval de Barcelona

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    Rius Uldemollins, Joaquím

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Artistic neighborhoods, one of the urban phenomenons most characteristic of the beginning century, are beoming an important object of study in the social sciences. However the analysis is overly centered on their economic impact or the cultural policies that have contributed to their creation. In this article, we propose to center the study of artistic neighborhoods in the urban, social and artistic dynamics that explain their emergence and rationale for their development. In this sense, we show how the Raval is symbollicaly charged, having an important presence of artists and small cultural businesses, makes up the core of emerging,hybrid and multicultural art in Barcelona and in addition counts on the presence of two cultural institutions oriented towards cultural governance.

    Los barrios artísticos, uno de los fenómenos urbanos más característicos de este inicio de siglo, se están convirtiendo en un importante objeto de estudio para las ciencias sociales. No obstante, los análisis que se realizan siguen demasiado centrados en su impacto económico o en las políticas culturales que han contribuido a crearlos. En este artículo, proponemos centrar el estudio de los barrios artísticos en las dinámicas urbanas, sociales y del propio mundo artístico que explican su surgimiento y dan cuenta de su desarrollo. Utilizaremos el caso del barrio barcelonés del Raval para ejemplificar este análisis. Mostraremos en este sentido cómo el Raval está cargado simbólicamente, tiene una importante presencia de artistas y pequeñas empresas culturales, que constituye el núcleo barcelonés del arte emergente, multicultural e híbrido, y cuenta además con la presencia de dos instituciones culturales orientadas a la gobernanza cultural.

  7. Research and development of a gamma-ray imaging spectrometer in the MeV range in Barcelona

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    Alvarez, José-Manuel; Galvez, José-Luis; Hernanz, Margarita; Isern, Jordi; Lozano, Manuel; Pellegrini, Giulio; Chmeissani, Mokhtar; Cabruja, Enric; Ullán, Miguel

    2010-07-01

    Gamma-ray astrophysics in the MeV energy range plays an important role for the understanding of cosmic explosions and acceleration mechanisms in a variety of galactic and extragalactic sources, e.g., Supernovae, Classical Novae, Supernova Remnants (SNRs), Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), Pulsars, Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). Through the development of focusing telescopes in the MeV energy range, it will be possible to reach unprecedented sensitivities, compared with those of the currently operating gamma ray telescopes. In order to achieve the needed performance, a detector with mm spatial resolution and very high peak efficiency is required. It will be also desirable that the detector could detect polarization of the source. Our research and development activities in Barcelona aim to study a gamma-ray imaging spectrometer in the MeV range suited for the focal plane of a gamma-ray telescope mission, based on CdTe pixel detectors arranged in multiple layers with increasing thicknesses, to enhance gamma-ray absorption in the Compton regime. We have developed an initial prototype based on several CdTe module detectors, with 11x11 pixels, a pixel pitch of 1mm and a thickness of 2mm. Each pixel is stud-bump bonded to a fanout board and routed to a readout ASIC to measure pixel position, pulse height and rise time information for each incident gamma-ray photon. We will report on the results of an optimization study based on simulations, to select the optimal thickness of each CdTe detector within the module to get the best energy resolution of the spectrometer.

  8. Occurrence and fate of alkylphenol polyethoxylate degradation products and linear alkylbenzene sulfonate surfactants in urban ground water: Barcelona case study

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    Tubau, Isabel; Vázquez-Suñé, Enric; Carrera, Jesús; González, Susana; Petrovic, Mira; López de Alda, María J.; Barceló, Damià

    2010-03-01

    SummaryThis study investigates the fate of alkylphenol polyethoxylates (APEOs) degradation products (DPs) and the occurrence of linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS) surfactants in urban ground water at field scale. The occurrence of APEOs DPs in ground water was studied in connection with: (1) sources of recharge or/and pollution containing these substances, (2) ground water redox conditions, (3) occurrence of LAS, which are currently the domestic surfactants more used in the study area and (4) other common contaminants in urban ground water in the city of Barcelona. The APEOs DPs analyzed included two nonylphenol carboxylates (NP2EC, NP1EC), two octylphenol carboxylates (OP2EC, OP1EC), nonylphenol (NP) and octylphenol (OP). The highest groundwater concentrations of APEOs DPs were detected in aquifers whose major source of recharge is a river receiving large amounts of effluents from secondary waste water treatment plants (WWTPs). In fact, APEOs DPs concentrations were above those in the river. NP2EC was the compound detected at highest concentrations. These increase with ammonium in samples with low dissolved oxygen. These degradation products were virtually absent in oxidizing aquifers whose main source of recharge is not the river. In this case, only the ultimate degradation product (NP) was detected, which suggests that parent compounds have degraded. These results indicate that APEOs are persistent or less degraded in reducing conditions, whereas they are degraded when oxidizing conditions prevail. By contrast, LAS concentrations were more than one order of magnitude lower than expected based on recharge sources in all (oxidizing and reducing) aquifers.

  9. Nuclear reactor PBMR and cogeneration; Reactor nuclear PBMR y cogeneracion

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    Ramirez S, J. R.; Alonso V, G., E-mail: ramon.ramirez@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2013-10-15

    In recent years the nuclear reactor designs for the electricity generation have increased their costs, so that at the moment costs are managed of around the 5000 US D for installed kw, reason for which a big nuclear plant requires of investments of the order of billions of dollars, the designed reactors as modular of low power seek to lighten the initial investment of a big reactor dividing the power in parts and dividing in modules the components to lower the production costs, this way it can begin to build a module and finished this to build other, differing the long term investment, getting less risk therefore in the investment. On the other hand the reactors of low power can be very useful in regions where is difficult to have access to the electric net being able to take advantage of the thermal energy of the reactor to feed other processes like the water desalination or the vapor generation for the processes industry like the petrochemical, or even more the possible hydrogen production to be used as fuel. In this work the possibility to generate vapor of high quality for the petrochemical industry is described using a spheres bed reactor of high temperature. (Author)

  10. FASTER test reactor preconceptual design report summary

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    Grandy, C. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Belch, H. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Brunett, A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Heidet, F. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hill, R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hoffman, E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Jin, E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Mohamed, W. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Moisseytsev, A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Passerini, S. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sienicki, J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sumner, T. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Vilim, R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hayes, Steven [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2016-02-29

    The FASTER reactor plant is a sodium-cooled fast spectrum test reactor that provides high levels of fast and thermal neutron flux for scientific research and development. The 120MWe FASTER reactor plant has a superheated steam power conversion system which provides electrical power to a local grid allowing for recovery of operating costs for the reactor plant.

  11. ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEM OF INDUSTRIAL REACTORS

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    Vyacheslav K. Mayevski

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a mathematical model of an industrial chemical reactor for production of synthetic rubber. During reactor operation the model parameters vary considerably. To create a control algorithm performed transformation of mathematical model of the reactor in order to obtain a dependency that can be used to determine the model parameters are changing during reactor operation.

  12. FASTER Test Reactor Preconceptual Design Report

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    Grandy, C. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Belch, H. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Brunett, A. J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Heidet, F. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hill, R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hoffman, E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Jin, E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Mohamed, W. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Moisseytsev, A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Passerini, S. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sienicki, J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sumner, T. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Vilim, R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hayes, S. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2016-03-31

    The FASTER test reactor plant is a sodium-cooled fast spectrum test reactor that provides high levels of fast and thermal neutron flux for scientific research and development. The 120MWe FASTER reactor plant has a superheated steam power conversion system which provides electrical power to a local grid allowing for recovery of operating costs for the reactor plant.

  13. Breeder Reactors, Understanding the Atom Series.

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    Mitchell, Walter, III; Turner, Stanley E.

    The theory of breeder reactors in relationship to a discussion of fission is presented. Different kinds of reactors are characterized by the cooling fluids used, such as liquid metal, gas, and molten salt. The historical development of breeder reactors over the past twenty-five years includes specific examples of reactors. The location and a brief…

  14. Evolution of the tandem mirror reactor concept

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    Carlson, G.A.; Logan, B.G.

    1982-03-09

    We discuss the evolution of the tandem mirror reactor concept from the original conceptual reactor design (1977) through the first application of the thermal barrier concept to a reactor design (1979) to the beginning of the Mirror Advanced Reactor Study (1982).

  15. Jules Horowitz Reactor, basic design

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    Bergamaschi, Y.; Bouilloux, Y.; Chantoin, P.; Guigon, B.; Bravo, X.; Germain, C.; Rommens, M.; Tremodeux, P

    2003-07-01

    Since the shutdown of the SILOE reactor in 1997, the OSIRIS reactor has ensured the needs regarding technological irradiation at CEA including those of its industrial partners and customers. The Jules Horowitz Reactor will replace it. It has the ambition to provide the necessary nuclear data and maintain a fission research capacity in Europe after 2010. This capacity should be service-oriented. It will be established in Cadarache. The Jules Horowitz reactor will also: - represent a significant step in term of performances and experimental capabilities, - be designed with a high flexibility, in order to satisfy the current demand from European industry, research and be able to accommodate future requirements, - reach a high level of safety, according to the best current practice. This paper will present the main functionalities and the design options resulting from the 'preliminary design' studies. (authors)

  16. Advanced Catalytic Hydrogenation Retrofit Reactor

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    Reinaldo M. Machado

    2002-08-15

    Industrial hydrogenation is often performed using a slurry catalyst in large stirred-tank reactors. These systems are inherently problematic in a number of areas, including industrial hygiene, process safety, environmental contamination, waste production, process operability and productivity. This program proposed the development of a practical replacement for the slurry catalysts using a novel fixed-bed monolith catalyst reactor, which could be retrofitted onto an existing stirred-tank reactor and would mitigate many of the minitations and problems associated with slurry catalysts. The full retrofit monolith system, consisting of a recirculation pump, gas/liquid ejector and monolith catalyst, is described as a monolith loop reactor or MLR. The MLR technology can reduce waste and increase raw material efficiency, which reduces the overall energy required to produce specialty and fine chemicals.

  17. Advanced Carbothermal Electric Reactor Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The overall objective of the Phase 1 effort was to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the Advanced Carbothermal Electric (ACE) Reactor concept. Unlike...

  18. Reactor operation environmental information document

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    Bauer, L.R.; Hayes, D.W.; Hunter, C.H.; Marter, W.L.; Moyer, R.A.

    1989-12-01

    This volume is a reactor operation environmental information document for the Savannah River Plant. Topics include meteorology, surface hydrology, transport, environmental impacts, and radiation effects. 48 figs., 56 tabs. (KD)

  19. Unique features of space reactors

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    Buden, David

    Space reactors are designed to meet a unique set of requirements; they must be sufficiently compact to be launched in a rocket to their operational location, operate for many years without maintenance and servicing, operate in extreme environments, and reject heat by radiation to space. To meet these restrictions, operating temperatures are much greater than in terrestrial power plants, and the reactors tend to have a fast neutron spectrum. Currently, a new generation of space reactor power plants is being developed. The major effort is in the SP-100 program, where the power plant is being designed for seven years of full power, and no maintenance operation at a reactor outlet operating temperature of 1350 K.

  20. Thermal Analysis for Mobile Reactor

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    2008-01-01

    <正>Mobile reactor design in the paper is consisted of two grades of thermal electric conversion. The first grade is the thermionic conversion inside the core and the second grade is thermocouple conversion